Skate of Marrister

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Coordinates: 60°21′22″N 1°01′22″W / 60.355982°N 1.022866°W / 60.355982; -1.022866

Skate of Marrister
Skate of Marrister in Linga Sound
Skate of Marrister in Linga Sound
Skate of Marrister is located in Shetland
Skate of Marrister
Skate of Marrister
Coordinates 60°21′22″N 1°01′22″W / 60.355982°N 1.022866°W / 60.355982; -1.022866
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 0

The Skate of Marrister is a flat ledge that extends about 300 yards (270 m) from the western shore of Whalsay, in the Shetland islands of Scotland. It is slightly more than 1 mile (1.6 km) north-north-west from Symbister Ness off the village of Marrister, in Linga Sound. At low tide the ledge rises 5 feet (1.5 m) above the water.[1] There is a risk that the strong tide in Whalsay Sound (Linga Sound) will carry a boat onto the Skate.[2] There is a minor light on the Skate with a nominal range of four miles, flashing green every six seconds.[3]

Piltock may be caught around the skate.[4]




  • Cohen, Anthony P. (1989-12-01). Whalsay: Symbol, Segment and Boundary in a Shetland Island Community. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-2340-8. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  • Cowie, Robert (1879). Shetland: descriptive and historical; and topographical description of that country. Smith. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  • "NLB LIGHTS AS AT 22 MARCH 2011". Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  • United States Hydrographic Office (1950). Sailing directions for the north and east coasts of Scotland: Cape Wrath to Fife Ness and including the Orkney, Shetland and Faeroe Islands. U.S. Govt. Print. Off. p. 310. Retrieved 4 February 2013.

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