One of the Out Skerries, Grunay lies next to Bruray 12½ miles (20 km) east northeast of the Shetland mainland. Once home to the lighthouse keepers who manned the light on neighbouring Bound Skerry, it is now uninhabited. The island saw action during World War II; the lighthouse buildings were machine-gunned on 22nd February 1941 and the island was bombed on the 18th January 1942, causing fatal injuries to one of the residents. A plaque commemorating a Canadian bomber which crashed on the island during the same war was unveiled in 1990.

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