East Burra | Calum Toogood

About

East Burra’s gentle, rolling topography and sheltered shorelines make it perfect for walking and cycling with some excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. As well as the native wildlife, the island is home to Shetland's only wallabies at the Outpost. Looking for something more creative? Check out the island’s arts and crafts studios.

Famous For

  • The excellent views and atmosphere of the imposing Clift Hills towering above the sheltered waters of Clift Sound.

  • A large Bronze Age burnt mound, situated on Houss Ness near the ruined crofts at Symbister.

  • Being the home of Shetland’s native bear - the Burra Bear - which are lovingly handmade on the island.

Ask an Islander

  • There's a seven-foot-high standing stone at Yaa Field, up behind the hall, and further up the hill is a cairn. The summit gives a good panorama of the islands.

  • Houss Ness promontory provides great walking opportunities with beautiful coastal scenery, seabirds and seals.

  • Meadows Road at Houss hosts two Shetland Craft Trail members' studios as well as the unique 'Outpost' animals.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about East Burra at the links below

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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.


East Burra is joined to Mainland Shetland via a series of bridges and causways linking the islands of Trondra, West Burra and East Burra. Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

A local bus (Service 5) from Scalloway travels through Trondra and West Burra and then on to Houss in East Burra. The bus connects with Service 4 from Lerwick at Blydoit.

There is a 'shopper' bus service connecting the island directly to Lerwick every Thursday.

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.