Yell | Colin Nutt

About

Yell is the second largest of all the Shetland Islands. Covering 83 square miles, there's a huge variety of coastal scenery and beautiful beaches, wild moorland, small settlements, birds, seals and wildflowers, and history from across the ages to explore. Yell's coastline provides an ideal habitat for otters, while offshore you may see whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Famous For

  • The otter-friendly environment: with rich food supplies, a low peaty coastline for excavating holts and abundant freshwater for bathing, Yell is one of the best places in Shetland to spot otters.

  • With two award-winning beaches (Breckon Sands and Westsandwick) plus a beautiful tombolo (double sided beach) at Ness of Sound, beachcombers are spoilt for choice.

  • The Old Haa at Burravoe, which dates from 1672, now houses a permanent display of artefacts showcasing the history of Yell.

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  • Cullivoe is home to a permanent exhibition of props, costumes and other memorabilia relating to the island’s annual Up-Helly-Aa event.

  • The ruin of Windhouse is reputed to be Shetland’s most haunted house, which is not surprising given the site is believed to have been occupied for over 5,000 years.

  • Yell's community halls host a range of events throughout the year which are open to visitors, from concerts and dances to Sunday teas, games and supper nights.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Shetland Visitor accommodation

More Information

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

Promote Shetland

Shetland Heritage leaflet

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 Yell via Mainland Shetland. Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

Once you are on Mainland Shetland, take the ferry operated by Shetland Ferries from Toft to Ulsta on Yell.

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.