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Scalloway Islands

The Trondra Bridge.jpg
The Trondra Bridge
Location: 60°7’12"N, 1°16’48"W
Grid reference: HU398371
Area: 1 square mile
Highest point: 197 feet
Population: 133

Trondra is one of the Scalloway Islands, a subgroup of Shetland. Trondra shelters the harbour of Scalloway and has an area of one square mile.

Trondra was becoming rapidly depopulated until 1970, when road bridges were built to neighbouring West Burra and East Burra) and to the southern peninsula of Mainland.[1] Since then the population has recovered.

A local community hall was opened in 1986.


Settlements on the island include:


Trondra is made up of old red sandstone. [2] The hills are covered in grass and heather, with trees being few and far between, much like the rest of the Shetland Islands.

The island lacks peat, but traditionally the islanders have had permission to cut it on nearby Papa.[2]


Trondra supports a number of seabirds including many gulls and black guillemots.[2]

There are many fields of sheep and a few of Shetland ponies throughout the island. There is a variety of other wildlife present on and around the isle, such as hedgehogs, sparrows, starlings, seals and porpoises.

Leisure activities

Trondra has 2 rowing teams, male and female, which compete in the summertime rowing regattas around Shetland and the annual 'Round Trondra Race'.

"Da Peerie Neep" ("The Wee Turnip") is a recently founded annual event which takes place in the Trondra hall and involves various neep related events such as "Toss the Neep".

Trondra usually enters a male and female squad in the Scalloway Fire Festival, which takes place in early January each year.


  1. Keay, J. & Keay, J. (1994) Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London. HarperCollins.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 1841954543. 
The Scalloway Islands

East BurraHildasayOxnaPapaSouth HavraTrondraWest BurraWest Head of Papa

Islands of Shetland

Inhabited islands:
Mainland  •
Bressay  • Burra (East & West)  • Fair Isle  • Fetlar  • Foula  • Muckle Roe  • Out Skerries  • Papa Stour  • Trondra  • Unst  • Vaila  • Whalsay  • Yell

Other islands:
Balta  •
Bigga  • Brother Isle  • Colsay  • Hascosay  • Hildasay  • Lamba  • Linga, Muckle Roe  • Linga, Yell  • Mousa  • Muckle Flugga  • Noss  • Oxna  • Papa  • Papa Little  • Samphrey  • South Havra  • Uyea, Northmavine  • Uyea, Unst  • Vementry  • West Linga