“I only had a brief stay on Out Skerries, but, as is often the case, I was blessed with excellent weather. Again, I landed on Skerries via the little 8-seater plane, that takes off from Tingwall airport, on mainland Shetland. Once we had landed, I went for a long walk and took some lovely photographs (some on this page). I managed to walk the entire length of surfaced road (only a mile), which was an easy and gentle walk, as the island/s are very flat.
The locals that I did meet were very friendly and incredibly proud of their islands and even after only a brief visit, I could see why. I hope to spend longer here on my next visit to Shetland and once again sample these unique islands”.
How do I get to Out Skerries? 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 by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminal in Aberdeen. There are flights from Tingwall Airport to Out Skerries with Direct Flight (as of 2016 these have ttemporarily stopped) and the inter-island ferry leaves for Out Skerries from the Shetland mainland at Vidlin.
How do I get around Out Skerries? There is a only a mile of surfaced road on Out Skerries, so it’s not really worth taking a vehicle. The best way to get around is on foot or by bike.
What’s worth visiting on Out Skerries? The Out Skerries Lighthouse was built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s uncle in the late 1850’s and is now automated. It can be found on the east side of the island of Grunay. Also, there is a 43 foot stone circle at Battle Pund that is thought to date back to the Bronze Age.
Where can I stay on Out Skerries? Rocklea offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation on Out Skerries. Evening meals are available on request.
Any other information on Out Skerries? Out Skerries consists of three main islands, Housay, Bruray and Grunay. Of the three only Grunay is un-inhabited. Housay and Bruray are linked by a bridge. For more information on Out Skerries please read my article Back to the future – the future of Out Skerries.
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