Oxna is one of the Scalloway Islands, lying north west of Burra in Shetland, Scotland. Oxna has an area of 68 hectares (170 acres).

Old Norse nameyxn-øy
Meaning of name"ox island"
View east towards Papa from Oxna
View east towards Papa from Oxna
Oxna is located in Shetland
Oxna shown within Shetland
OS grid referenceHU350372
Coordinates60°07′N 1°22′W / 60.12°N 1.37°W / 60.12; -1.37
Physical geography
Island groupShetland
Area68 ha
Area rank177 [1]
Highest elevation38 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaShetland Islands

The island has been uninhabited since the First World War, but there is a house which is still used as a holiday home.

Papa island lies a few hundred metres to the east of Oxna's north coast.


  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). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland's Inhabited Islands" (PDF). Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland Release 1C (Part Two) (PDF) (Report). SG/2013/126. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  5. ^ 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

Coordinates: 60°7′8″N 1°22′10″W / 60.11889°N 1.36944°W / 60.11889; -1.36944