Bressay | Paul Turner

About

With inspiring coastal scenery, lots of wildlife and interesting historical sites, it’s not surprising that Bressay is often called ‘Shetland in miniature’. The island was an important hub throughout Shetland’s history, being a preferred harbour before Lerwick was established on the opposite shore. In fact, Bressay was so busy during the peak of herring fishing that it was said you could cross the Sound to Mainland Shetland by stepping from boat to boat.

Famous For

  • The 'Bressay Stone', inscribed with the as yet not fully deciphered Ogham script, was found in the kirkyard of the St Mary's kirk at Cullingsbrough.

  • On a clear day, all of Shetland is visible from the Wart / Ward of Bressay - the island's highest hill. Bring binoculars for impressive views all the way to Fair Isle.

  • Bressay's most imposing building, Gardie House, overlooks Bressay Sound. It was built in 1724 and was noted for its walled gardens.

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  • The factory trawler, Lunokhods, was wrecked in the cove below the lighthouse in 1993, with all crew rescued. The wreck site is now a popular dive with scuba enthusiasts, lying next to a beautiful rock arch, Da Ovluss.

  • The strength of 116 Marines were needed to position the naval gun into place at Bard in 1918. The Marines hoisted it from a barge below the cliffs.

  • Bressay is home to the UK’s most northerly Park Run. Visitors are welcome to join.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Bressay Development - accommodation

Shetland Visitor accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Bressay at the links below

Bressay

Visit Shetland - Bressay

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


You can reach Bressay via ferry from Lerwick on Mainland Shetland.

Regular ferries, operated by Shetland Ferries, make the short crossing from Lerwick on Shetland Mainland to Maryfield on Bressay.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.