The island of Bressay is the fifth largest of the Shetland Islands with a human population of around
300 who are significantly outnumbered by the population of seabirds and mammals around the
Bressay roads are single track with passing places. The island is ideal for walkers, with many
interesting sites only accessible by foot.
The Bressay Heritage Centre is situated near to the ferry terminal offering a wide range of exhibits
and displays, the centre also doubles as an information point with leaflets and information on
Bressay and neighbouring Noss.
There is a Church of Scotland on the Island with services every Sunday.
The Northern Lights Holistic Spa rated five stars by Trip Advisor is also a must as part of a truly relaxing stay in Bressay. It is less than a mile away from the cottage.
There is a local shop on the Island which sells groceries, petrol and includes the local post office. The shop is less than a ten minute walk from the cottage.
The nearby Island of Noss is separated from Bressay by the narrow Noss Sound. It has been run as a sheep farm since 1900.
Noss had a human population of 20 in 1851 but has no permanent inhabitants since 1939. The island has been a national nature reserve since 1955. The island is linked to Bressay by a seasonal ferry service, run by the wildlife wardens using an inflatable boat.
Attractions on Noss include a visitor centre, the Pony Pund built to breed Shetland ponies, the Holm of Noss rock and the Noup cliff. The sandstone cliffs of Noss have weathered into a series of horizontal ledges making ideal breeding grounds for gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars and great skuas. Otters are frequently seen around the island.
Shetland offers a wide range of attractions and activities for young and old whatever your interest maybe. The following are just some of the places and attractions we would recommend you visit during your stay on the Islands.
Some of Britain’s best preserved archaeology is here, at places like Jarlshoff and Scatness, a reminder that the islands have seen 5000 years of habitation.
Jarlshoff prehistoric and Norse settlement (HS)
Virkie, Mainland,Shetland, ZE3 9JN
This extraordinarily important site spanning 3000 years is a complex of ancient settlements within a very small area.
Brough of Mousa (HS)
The finest Brough in Scotland it has survived for 2000 virtually intact.
Clickimin Brough (HS)
A good example of a brough tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.
Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland Museum and archives is a five star visitor attraction based in Lerwick open all year round for a great day out
Lit in 1929, this was the last manned lighthouse designed by a Stevenson for the Northern lighthouse board.
Lerwick- Capital of Shetland
Supermarkets, clothes shops, many local gift shops, Superb sport facilities with flumes, river ride, bubble pool, outdoor lagoon and 25 meter competition pool, plus fitness centre, squash courts and cafe.
Mareel Centre offers and range of live musical entertainment throughout the year for all tastes. There is also a cinema showing the latest national movie releases and restaurant/ bar.
Fishing in Shetland
The Shetland Islands have an amazing variety of trout fishing and sea angling possibilities. There are clear, fertile machair lochs close to the sea, a vast number of sparkling lochs with feisty trout inland and seas that provide abundant fishing in many species.