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Trondra is located in Shetland
Trondra shown within Shetland
OS grid reference
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 275 hectares (1.06 sq mi)
Area rank 90= [1]
Highest elevation 60 metres (197 ft)
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 135[2]
Population rank 42 [1]
Population density 49 people/km2[2][3]
References [3][4][5]

Trondra is one of the Scalloway Islands, a subgroup of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. It shelters the harbour of Scalloway and has an area of 275 hectares (1.06 sq mi).


  • History 1
  • Composition 2
  • Geology 3
  • Wildlife 4
  • Leisure activities 5
  • Footnotes 6
  • External links 7


Trondra was becoming rapidly depopulated until 1970, when road bridges were built to neighbouring Burra (West and East) and to the southern peninsula of the Shetland Mainland.[5] Since then the population has recovered from a low of 20 in 1961.[3]

A local community hall was opened in 1986.


Settlements on the island include:

Bridge linking Trondra with the Mainland of Shetland


Trondra is made up of old red sandstone.[3] 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.[3]


Trondra supports a number of seabirds including many gulls and black guillemots.[3]

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. ^ a b Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c d e f Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate.  
  4. ^  
  5. ^ a b Keay, J. & Keay, J. (1994) Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London. HarperCollins.

External links

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