“Bressay was one of the last of the Shetland Islands, that I visited. I got the short ferry from Lerwick and landed on a windy, showery day on Bressay. Next to the ferry slip is the Bressay Heritage Centre. As the weather had taken a turn for the worse, I quickly holed up in here for an interesting hour or two. The Centre is operated by the Bressay History Group, who also run the Centre as a research base. There were some interesting post-war exhibits and other far older exhibits such as artefacts from archaeological digs on the island.
After leaving the Heritage Centre, I followed the single track road to the main road, went straight over and then turned left. I then walked up to the World War 2 Encampment and took some excellent (if slightly damp) pictures of Lerwick. As this was only a short visit (and the weather had worsened), I walked back down to the ferry and took some more pictures. I then headed back over to Lerwick, just as the rain began to pour. I will go back to Bressay again, hopefully with better weather and visit the rest of the island (especially the east coast around Noss). A lovely island for walkers and cyclists”.
How do I get to Bressay? Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton and Stornoway to Sumburgh airport on the southern tip of mainland Shetland. Or, you could travel to Shetland by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminal in Aberdeen. Bressay is reached by the inter-island ferry from Lerwick. The crossing to Bressay takes under 10 minutes.
How do I get around Bressay? Inter-island ferries run between all the islands and there are inter-island flights through Direct Flight. The flights depart from Tingwall airport except the Fair Isle flight which departs from Sumburgh. There is a post bus that runs from the Bressay ferry terminal every day except Sunday. It is possible to hire a bike in Lerwick and to take over on the ferry to Bressay, or just to go on foot.
What’s worth visiting on Bressay? Bressay Heritage Centre is located next to the car park at the ferry terminal. Although only small, the Centre is well worth a visit. On a clear day, the views from Ward Hill can be spectacular. At the far end of Bressay, it is possible to visit the nearby island of Noss.
Where can I stay on Bressay? Maryfield House Hotel is the only hotel on Bressay. However, if you want to really get away from it all, try the Bressay Lighthouse, at the southern end of the island.
Any other information on Bressay? Seabirds and Seals cruise around the coast of Bressay on their way to Noss. Noss is a National Nature Reserve and it’s vast cliffs are often known as ‘Seabird City’. For more information on mainland Shetland and Bressay please read my Shetland Diary.
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