West Linga facts for kids
|Meaning of name||(west) heather island|
|OS grid reference||HU533651|
|Area||125 hectares (0.48 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||52 metres (171 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Shetland Islands|
Geography and geology
West Linga is a long narrow island covered in rough heath. It is separated from Whalsay by Linga Sound, and Lunning on Mainland, Shetland to the west. Little Linga, Swarta Skerry, Lona Skerry and Ketill Holm lie to the west. The Calf of Linga to the south is a drying islet. Wether Holm is separated by a 3 metres (10 ft) deep channel at the north end.
There are two lochs, and a natural arch in the north west. The two main hills are at either end - North and South Ward. There is a cairn in the south.
West Linga appears to have been inhabited intermittently until the late 18th century. The lack of an anchorage and somewhat brackish water have hindered settlement.
Hugh MacDiarmid who lived on nearby Whalsay, said in The Uncanny Scot that he had spent three days on the island, living in a cave, with many matches and two books. In fact it transpired that he'd been there only for a few hours. One of MacDiarmid's best known poems was On a Raised Beach.
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