Bressay Attractions And Amenities

The island of Bressay is the fifth largest of the Shetland Islands at around 11 square miles. It is home to around 400 people who are significantly outnumbered by the populations of seabirds and mammals around the shores.

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Please note that as Bressay is an island, it is only accessible by the regular car and passenger ferry from Lerwick.  A full timetable for the ferry, including prices can be found here.

Bressay roads are predominantly single track with passing places and extra care should be taken when driving. The island is ideal for walkers, with many interesting sites only accessible by foot. Landowners do appreciate if walkers keep to paths, or the edges of fields when crossing croft areas and leave gates as they are found.

The Bressay Heritage Centre is situated near the ferry terminal with ample parking available. 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. Also open during winter months for talks and discussions on Bressay, and wider Shetland subjects. Telephone 01595 820368.

Public Toilets are available at the ferry terminal and also at Gungstie on the island on Noss.

There is a Church of Scotland at Mail. Please check locally for service times. Telephone 01595 692125.

[+dr.source.title+] Zoom The shop on the island also supplies fuel and incorporates the Post Office. This can be found at Mail. Telephone 01595 820200

Dogs are not permitted in the Lighthouse accommodation, however if you are visiting Bressay for the day with a dog, please ensure you keep your pet on a lead at all times to avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife.

The nearby island of Noss is perfect for birdwatching, or just to enjoy the spectacular views. Boat trips are available in the summer months and tours are often available by RSPB staff and during the Shetland Nature Festival. Details can be found at and

Mobile phone coverage in the area can be variable depending on provider. If you are unsure please check with your network provider.

  • Vodafone – Very good in most areas
  • Orange – Moderate to good depending on area
  • O2 – Moderate to good depending on area
  • T Mobile – Good to very good depending on area

A payphone is provided in the lounge area of each cottage, and there are public telephone boxes available by the ferry terminal at Maryfield, and near the shop at Mail.

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