A fishing port which represents the largest settlement on the island of West Burra off the west coast of the Shetland Mainland, Hamnavoe occupies a natural harbour at the northern end of the island, 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Lerwick. This was a planned settlement, built in 1850 around the pier. Despite rapid growth in the later 20th century which has seen it grow to around 150 dwellings, Hamnavoe remains a compact settlement which is connected by a bridge to the island of Trondra and hence to the mainland. It benefits from a modern primary school (with a roll of around fifty pupils), a community hall, church, shop and post-office.

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