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Fara (Old Norse: Færey[5]) is a small island in Orkney, Scotland, lying in Scapa Flow between the islands of Flotta and Hoy. It has been uninhabited since the 1960s.

Norse nameFærey
Meaning of nameIsland of Sheep (cf Faroe)
A fish farm in Gutter Sound, at the western side of Fara
A fish farm in Gutter Sound, at the western side of Fara
Fara is located in Orkney Islands
Fara shown within Orkney
OS grid referenceND325955
Coordinates58°51′00″N 3°10′30″W / 58.85°N 3.175°W / 58.85; -3.175
Physical geography
Island groupOrkney
Area295 hectares (1.14 sq mi)
Area rank89 [1]
Highest elevation43 m (141 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaOrkney Islands Council
An abandoned House on Fara. Looking North: Rysa Little with Hoy behind to left; Graemsay with Mainland behind centre and right; Cava to right.


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 7 Orkney (Southern Isles) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2008. ISBN 9780319228135.
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9
  6. ^ Pedersen, Roy (January 1992) Orkneyjar ok Katanes (map, Inverness, Nevis Print)

Coordinates: 58°50′30″N 3°10′17″W / 58.84163°N 3.17125°W / 58.84163; -3.17125