West Burra | Colin Nutt

About

West Burra’s coast is a popular spot for kayakers who can explore the island’s east coast safe in the shelter of East Burra, however there are also plenty of onshore delights - from the stunning tombolo (double-sided beach) in the south of the island to important historic sites, coastal walks around low cliffs, and excellent wildlife spotting opportunities.

Famous For

  • An excellent example of a cross-slab was discovered at the Kirk (church) in Papil in 1877; the original is in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, however a replica is sited in the kirkyard.

  • The project to restore a crofthouse at Duncansclate, which is now home to Burra History Group, was featured in the BBC programme ‘Restoration’.

  • The legacy of Thomas Fraser - a Burra fisherman/crofter who had a love of American country music and painstakingly recorded his own versions on reel-to-reel tapes in the mid 20th Century.

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  • Small patches of shingle exposed along the shore at Fugla Ness show beautiful pink and grey stones - porphyritic adamellite - bearing impressive feldspar crystals which can be tilted to catch the sunlight.

  • A smugglers cave, 200 metres inland on the Fugla Ness headland, has formed by the sea exploiting a geological fault in the cliff face. It’s quite hard to find the entrance, but worth it if you do.

  • The Bridge End Outdoor Centre, situated on an islet at the small bridge that crosses Lang Sound, offers a great base for groups and is ideal for kayaking, water sports and nature study.

Accommodation

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More Information

You can find some additional information about West 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.


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

A local bus (Service 5) from Scalloway travels through Trondra to West Burra. The bus connects with Service 4 from Lerwick at Blydoit.

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.