On Friday we toured around the island of Yell. The first port of call was the lovely village of Cullivoe. From here we went to Gloup and saw the memorial. I read the distressing account of the great storm that claimed so many lives. We left here and returned to the main road and made our way south, down to Otterswick, where the ‘White Wife’ is stationed. This is a figurehead from an old German boat that was shipwrecked in the early 1920’s. We then went to the Old Haa at Burravoe. However, as it was a Friday it was closed!
The rest of this article is available as ‘Shetland Diary‘ on the Articles and Reviews page.
How do I get to the island of Yell? 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. To get to the island of Yell, you need to travel to Toft in Northern Shetland. From here you then catch the inter-island ferry to Ulsta on the southern tip of Yell.
How do I get around the island of Yell? There are buses from Ulsta that can take you to West Sandwick, Mid Yell, Camb, Sellafirth, Gutcher and Cullivoe. There are also two taxi firms on Yell.
What’s worth visiting on the island of Yell? The Old Haa Museum in Burravoe has interesting local artifacts and information on Yell in bygone times. The ‘White Wife’ is a figurehead from a ship that ran aground near Yell in 1924. The figure points out to sea and was erected as a memorial for those that lost their lives. Around the north of the island is the poignant Gloup Memorial, where 58 fisherman lost their lives in a fishing disaster in 1881. Finally, the island of Yell is one of the best places in Europe to spot Otters. They can be seen all around the coast and the film, ‘The Track of the Wild Otter’ was filmed on Yell. There is a review of the Wind Dog Cafe in the Articles and Review section.
Where can I stay on the island of Yell? Windhouse Lodge, one of Shetlands specialist Camping Bods, is located in Mid-Yell. Kirks in Cullivoe, Taft in Aywick and North Park in Sellafirth both offer self-catering accommodation, as does Coel-Na-Mara in Mid Yell and Gremister. Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available at South Haa and Quam in West Sandwick and Pinewood House in East Yell.
Any other information on Yell? There is now a real ale called ‘White Wife’ available from the Valhalla Brewery on Unst. However, this White Wife is a famous ghost who occasionally appears in vehicles driven by lone males on a lonely stretch of road close to the Brewery! For more information on Yell please read my Shetland Diary.
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