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Stobister, Sinnabist and Starrapund: Three Wilderness settlements in Shetland

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This chapter provides a brief and simplified history of settlement in Shetland. It deals with a small number of settlements which diverge from the normal pattern: Stobister in Bressay, Sinnabist, between Sandwick and Cunningsburgh, and Starrapund in Sandness. Stobister is a small settlement on the east side of the island of Bressay, a mile south of its nearest neighbours on that coast, and a mile and a half east of Kirkabister on Lerwick Sound. It is one of Shetland's wilderness settlements. Sinnabist lies on the side of the hill at the southmost part of Clift Soond, a tiny green spot in the hill, facing the little isle of Havera. Starrapund is at the north end of the loch of Mousavord in Sandness, a mile west of the little township of Kellister, and a mile south of Busta.

Keywords: Shetland's wilderness settlements; Sinnabist; Starrapund; Stobister



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