Spiggie Hotel, Scousburgh, ZE2 9JE

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Excellent opportunity to acquire a well-established three star six bedroom small hotel in a particularly scenic location in the South Mainland of Shetland, enjoying stunning views over the Loch of Spiggie RSPB Reserve and out to sea.

The location, within easy reach of the airport at Sumburgh (approximately 5 miles), makes the hotel an ideal base from which visitors can explore the many places of interest in the area.

The well-appointed and equipped accommodation includes an attractive dining room & conservatory area, cosy bar and six en-suite letting bedrooms.

A paddock cross the road which could offer scope for further developing the business (subject to the usual consents required), is available by separate negotiation. Spiggie Lodge, a substantial detached house with up to eight bedrooms, which is situated by the hotel and has been used as ancillary accommodation in recent years, is also for sale.

Note all internal photographs and others noted are archive photographs.

General Information


Spiggie Hotel is situated in a particularly scenic rural location at Scousburgh in the South Mainland area of Shetland, about 20 miles from Lerwick, Shetland’s main town. The location puts the airport at Sumburgh, just 5 miles away, within easy reach.

The hotel enjoys spectacular elevated views (particularly from the conservatory dining area) westwards over Spiggie Loch and over the wide sweep of coastline from Fitful Head to the south to St. Ninian’s Isle and the coast beyond to the north. The island of Foula can be seen out to sea.

The premises are ideally situated within reach of a wide variety of places of interest in the South Mainland area. As well as the loch which is a Nature Reserve owned by the RSPB (fishing can be arranged), Scousburgh Sands with its gleaming white sand, and rocky Spiggie beach are within easy walking distance. Further afield is the spectacular tombolo at St Ninian’s Isle, Sumburgh Head and its new visitor centre, Old Scatness Broch, Jarlshof, Quendale Mill & the Boddam Croft House Museum.

The Business

Spiggie Hotel, a small privately owned country hotel, has been a hotel since it was first built in the 1870’s by the Henderson family. The family built two hotels, Spiggie Hotel, and Henderson’s Hotel next door, later a private house – Spiggie Lodge.

The Hotel trades as a Visit Scotland three star small hotel, and caters for both locals and visitors whether business travelers or on holiday. Up till recently it was open throughout the year offering B&B accommodation and evening meals, although the present intention is to open for the summer season only.

The hotel has a full premises licence and is in the Camra good beer guide, stocking a range of real ales including from the Valhalla Brewery on Unst.

Further information on the hotel can be found at:-


The Building

The building was re-roofed and extensively renovated in the 1990’s, with further renovations in the early 2000’s. It is fully double glazed and benefits from oil-fired central heating.

In detail the accommodation comprises:-

Main Entrance / Lobby

Providing access to the dining room & bar, with stairs to the bedroom accommodation on the first floor.

Dining Room

(Approx. 6.9m x 6.2m) Attractive room with seating for up to 45 diners, and a lovely conservatory seating area (approx. 3.15m x 2.25m) with spectacular views.


(Approx. 7m x 4.5m overall) Cosy bar area with part stone flagged / part wooden floor, welcoming leather sofas and solid-fuel stove. Bar counter with usual equipment and access to the cellar.


(Approx. 6.7m x 5.4m overall + store area) Well equipped kitchen meeting all the necessary requirements. A list of all the stainless steel furniture & appliances included in the sale can be provided.

Also male, female & disabled toilets, dry goods store, cellar, laundry / boiler room & linen store.

Bedroom Accommodation

There are six well-appointed letting bedrooms on the first floor which can be accessed independently of the bar & dining room. Includes a large family room enjoying stunning panoramic views, two twin rooms, two doubles and a single. All have en-suite facilities including shower, W.C. & wash hand basin. Each also has T.V. tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer & telephone. The family room has in the past been used as owner’s accommodation.


The site includes a small terrace / lawn in front of the conservatory, a large parking area plus the section of the park that lies immediately behind the hotel to the rear (south).


In addition to the owner / manager, the hotel employs a housekeeper (full-time equivalent), a part-time cook plus several casual seasonal staff.


All equipment and fixtures & fittings are included in the sale. All equipment is understood to be owned outright.


Details of accounts can be made available to seriously interested prospective purchasers after viewing.

Rateable Value

The Rateable Value is understood to be £12,000. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.

Property Location

To reach the hotel turn west to Scousburgh & Bigton from the main Lerwick – Sumburgh road at Robins Brae, Dunrossness. Follow the road for about 1½ miles then turn left to Spiggie. The hotel is on the left just after Spiggie Lodge, the large white painted detached house with a triple garage.

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