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Norse name Bruray
OS grid reference HU689720
Coordinates 60°25′37″N 0°44′49″W / 60.427°N 0.747°W / 60.427; -0.747
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 55 hectares (0.21 sq mi)
Area rank 189= 
Highest elevation 53 metres (174 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 24
Population density 44 people/km2
A bridge links Bruray to Housay

Bruray (Scots: Bruray) is one of the three Out Skerries islands of Shetland, and contains Scotland's most easterly settlement.

It is separated from Housay by North Mouth and South Mouth.


The Skerries Bridge was built in 1957 to provide a fixed link from Bruray to the neighbouring and larger island of Housay

Bruray is home to Scotland's smallest school.

The island occasionally suffers from water shortages. There is little peat on the Out Skerries, so the residents have been granted rights to cut in on Whalsay.

A ferry connects the Out Skerries with Vidlin and Lerwick on the Shetland Mainland, as well as flights from Tingwall by Loganair.


At the autumn 2010, the islands of Housay and Bruray were on sale for £250,000. "The main islands are held under crofting tenure. The crofting community have been offered the opportunity to register their interest in acquiring the property but have formally declined from doing so."

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