Bod Voe in Out Skerries, Shetland

Out Skerries, Shetland

skerries-water-shetland-largeThe Out Skerries are a group of three rocky islands, Bruray, Housay and Grunay. Grunay is presently not inhabited; Bruray and Housay are joined by a bridge. Out Skerries are Shetland’s most easterly islands and support 70 people within 2 square miles.

The large majority of Out Skerries folk get their livelihood from the sea – skerries-shetland-largeseveral fishing vessels work from Out Skerries and there is a communally-owned salmon farm. The Out Skerries harbours are well sheltered, but there are dangerous rocks along the way. Out Skerries is a good place for birdwatchers – as it is the first eastern landfall for migrating birds. The water supply is a problem in Out Skerries due to a small catchment area and impermeable rocks – however a water catchment drain has been installed to help, by catching some of the run-off.

The Out Skerries can be reached by ferry from Vidlin or Lerwick. The journey from skerries-stones-shetland-large Vidlin takes 90 minutes and the ferry from Lerwick 150 minutes. The Out Skerries are lovely islands and are well worth the effort of visiting.

Sites of interest include:

  1. Battle Pund – a roughly rectangular group of stones from the bronze age, found close to the harbour. It is thought that blood feuds were once settled here.
  2. skerries-lighthouse-shetland-largeLighthouse on Bound Skerry – an impressive lighthouse by the treacherous rocks of Grunay.

Top tips

  • In August, there is an annual Lerwick to Skerries Yacht Race, with a lively dance in the new Out Skerries community hall afterwards.
  • The road in Out Skerries is less than a mile long, so the best way to explore Out Skerries is on foot!
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