Muckle Roe | Colin Nutt

About

The island's name translates as 'big red island' - a combination of Scots and old Norse - reflecting the red granite for which it is known. Most of the population live around the more fertile east and south coasts, leaving the rest of the six square miles as quiet, rugged moorland with excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Famous For

  • The Hams of Roe, a deserted settlement set amongst spectacular red granite cliffs at the north end of the island, which is a favourite destination for hill walkers.
  • The impressive stacks and geos that puncture the island’s coastline are a favourite with kayakers and photographers.

Ask an Islander

  • South Ham was said to be a stopping off point in the 19th century for boats returning from the Faroe Islands to land not fish, but contraband.
  • A walk to the lighthouse will let you enjoy the view out to the uninhabited Isle of Vementry with its First World War guns on Swarbacks Head.
  • Enjoy the hospitality shown by islanders at events organised and held in the community hall, such as concerts, quiz nights, Sunday teas and social evenings.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Muckle Roe 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.


A road bridge crosses to Muckle Roe from Busta at Brae on Mainland Shetland. Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

The bus (service 21) between Lerwick and Hillswick goes through Brae and connects with Service 25 running between Brae and Muckle Roe.

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.