Just a short ferry hop across the sound is the island of bressay - so near and yet, with the quiet pace of island life, it feels like a world apart bressay is also a stepping stone en route to another island - the spectacular national nature reserve and great seabird colonies of noss - a must see for all visitors to shetland. Bressay shelters lerwick harbour from the north sea and for many centuries bressay sound has been a port of refuge for shipping, since long before lerwick was founded in the 17th century this natural harbour and the unique strategic position of bressay's highest hill, the ward of bressay (742'/258m), gave the island. These three ancient parishes, now united, comprehend six islands and a part of the tract called mainland the district of bressay is to the east of the mainland, and consists of the islands of bressay and ness, separated from each other by ness sound, and from the mainland by bressay sound the church. The rural island of bressay holds pretty much everything there is to love about the shetland islands in northern scotland it's just minutes from lively lerwick but has an almost tranquil feel to it it's a place of lochs and sea caves, arches and migrating birds - perfect for peaceful hikes and great panoramas for a touch of. Bressay is a populated island in the shetland islands of scotland contents [hide ] 1 geography and geology 2 wildlife 3 history 4 infrastructure 5 gallery 6 see also 7 external links 8 references geography and geology bressay lies due south of whalsay, west of noss, and north of mousa at 11 square miles ( 28. Enlarge puffins at noss lying to the east of lerwick the island of bressay, 11x8 km (7x3 miles), creates a superb sheltered harbour for shipping - the reason for lerwick's establishment as a major trading port from viking times bressay sound has provided a safe anchorage and in the mid 17th century up to 1,500 dutch.
The chapel at gungstie lies near the sound which separates noss from nearby bressay, at a height of between twenty or thirty feet above the sea (dryden 1896, 146) on the opposite side of the narrow sound is the broch of burgi geo (nmrs no hu54sw8) the site lies close to a shepherd's cottage, near the main landing. Bressay community council area statement see bressay proposals map background 11 the island of bressay is 7 miles (11 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide with a current population of approximately 400 the island lies off the east coast of the shetland mainland, separated from lerwick by bressay sound, a sheltered. The photo is a 6 naval artillery gun positioned on the top of aith hill, berssay island shetland, on the 3rd of april 1918 by the royal marines it was placed here to protect the northern approach to bressay sound, shetland this was part of world war 1's defence of the shetland islands known as the north gun by the locals. Bressay is a beautiful island, directly east and opposite lerwick across bressay sound, which is just off the east coast of mainland shetland although bressay is an island, it is only a 5 minute ferry journey across bressay sound to lerwick view of bressay from the lerwick ferry bressay lighthouse is located on the rocky.
The lighthouse on bressay is located at kirkabister ness overlooking bressay sound sanction to build a lighthouse on kirkabister ness (bressa sound) - a site at the south entrance to lerwick harbour was given on 14 november 1854 there was a lengthy correspondence with the board of trade and the elder brethren. Bressay sound has provided a safe and sheltered anchorage for centuries 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 1724 quarries that supplied lerwick's stone and slate are at aith in the northeast of the. Bressay looks across the bressay sound at lerwick, stretched out along the shore of mainland opposite the stories of the two are deeply entwined without the shelter afforded by bressay, lerwick would not exist and without the employment afforded by lerwick, far fewer that the current 400 residents would live on.
Full description stunning, single storey, detached property set in well- established garden on the island of bressay less than a mile from the local shop and just two miles from the ferry terminal, enjoying a sunny westerly aspect and a stunning view across bressay sound to lerwick the property comprises. Built at the south end of bressay in 1858 and designed by brothers david and thomas stevenson to guide mariners into bressay sound, the light is no longer in use as it has been replaced by a smaller automated light on the cliffs nearby the keepers' cottages are available as holiday rentals and the head keeper's cottage. History bressay lighthouse is situated on the island of bressay off the east mainland of shetland the commissioners of the northern lighthouses wrote to the board of trade on 10 november 1854 requesting sanction to build a lighthouse on kirkabisterness (bressa sound) - a site at the south entrance to lerwick. Located on an island on the west side of the northern entrance to bressay sound and lerwick, off blackhill road about 5 km (3 mi) north of lerwick accessible only by boat site open, tower closed operator: northern lighthouse board arlhs sco-187 admiralty a3794 nga 3404 lerwick oil jetty: date.
Substantial stone-built former manse with a range of outbuildings and its own pier, set in a fantastic shoreside situation on the island of bressay, enjoying outstanding views westwards across bressay sound to lerwick which is easily accessed by a seven minute ro-ro ferry journey. Bressay is home to around 400 people and has an excellent sheltered harbour which led to lerwick's establishment as a major fishing port from viking times, bressay sound has provided a safe anchorage noss is a tiny island that is a national nature reserve with over 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds the cliffs at.