Bressay, seven minutes by ferry from Lerwick, offers Shetland in miniature — inspiring coastal landscapes, wildlife up close, and sites of historical, natural and adventure interest.
Garths Croft, Bressay
The Maryfield Hotel is a popular meeting and eating place. Information on facilities and events can be found at www. The centre houses exhibitions, provides leaflets for scenic heritage walks, and is home to Cruester burnt mound — an enigmatic Bronze Age monument that was excavated and relocated to save it from erosion by the sea. Bressay is perfect for exploration by bicycle, walkers can hunt for geocaches at some fascinating locations and regular boat trips around Bressay and Noss are available during the summer.
Puffin cliffs and a colony of great skuas exist alongside breeding curlew, whimbrel, plover, lapwing, dunlin, merlin and more. Native mammals are grey seal, common seal and occasional porpoises, dolphins and whales. Otters, sheep, mice, rats, rabbits, hedgehogs and frogs have been introduced. Roadside verges and meadows are a riot of wild flowers in June and July, with fine purple orchids in wetter pasture, while in late summer the hills glow purple with heather.
Photo: Kim Rendall Bressay is sandstone, its faults and volcanic vents hinting at a turbulent past. The rocks are sediments eroded from the Caledonian Mountains million years ago during the Devonian Period.
Plant fossils from this time are found in quarries. The sandstone flags make excellent building material, evidenced by drystone dykes and croft buildings. Sea-cliff climbing ranges from Diff to E3. Divers and snorkellers can discover rocky reefs, and kelp beds that house starfish, crabs, sea urchins, soft corals and jellyfish. A large carved Pictish stone was found here and a replica remains on site while the original can be seen in the National Museum of Scotland.
Bressay Sound has provided a safe and sheltered anchorage for centuries.
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Bressay was a thriving fishing and farming community before Lerwick was established during the 17th century. Gardie House, home of the laird, was built in Photo: Peter Parker In the midth century, 1, Dutch herring vessels gathered at the start of the fishing season. Bressay folk traded food and woollens for fine cloth, brandy and tobacco. The lighthouse was built by the famous Stevensons in and is dramatically sited above a beautiful natural arch.
Lerwick - Bressay
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands which are located just off the northern coast of Scotland. Other attractions in the town include the former Bishop's Palace and Earl's Palace, located adjacent to the cathedral. Also in the town, and containing a number of artefacts of historical importance, are two museums.
The town is located on the main island and is around 10 km from Finstown, 24 km from St Margaret's Hope and 26 km from Stromness. There are places to purchase refreshments a short distance from the terminal. Ferry services operating from the port depart to Aberdeen in Scotland, with a crossing time of around 6 hours.
There are also services to Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, with a crossing time of roughly 7 hours and 45 minutes. Lerwick is a town and port, and capital, of the Shetland Islands which are located roughly km off the north coast of Scotland, km to the north of the city of Aberdeen and km to the west of Bergen in Norway. The town takes its name from the Old Norse and its descendent, Norn, which was spoken in Shetland until the middle of the 19th century and means 'bay of clay'.
The Norwegian name for the town is Leirvik with 'leir' meaning clay and 'vik' meaning bay or inlet. There are other towns in western Norway with similar names. The town's port is a busy fishing and ferry port that also services that support the offshore oil industry. There is an overnight passenger ferry service to Aberdeen, that calls at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. Also, the Shetlands Islands Council operate a ferry service to Out Skerries and Bressay from a terminal in the centre of town.
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