House & Croft, South Brough, Cullivoe, Yell, ZE2 9DD

Key Details

Reception Rooms:

1 or 2


3 or 4



Energy Efficiency:

F (27)

Council Tax:

Band A




Detached house on 28 acre (11.3 ha) owner occupied registered croft in remote yet accessible location at the north end of the island of Yell. The house which sits in 1.2 acres, faces east and enjoys spectacular views across Bluemull Sound to the island of Unst.

The accommodation is arranged over two floors comprising two reception rooms, a kitchen / diner room, bedroom, bathroom, box room and hall on the ground floor, plus two double bedrooms upstairs. Attached to the house is a stable / byre, with a second byre close by. A lined out container provides a handy workshop. The croft land comprises seven separate parcels of land some of which extends down to the shore, and there is hill share.

Local amenities in the immediate area include a shop & post office and public hall, and one of Shetland's finest beaches is within walking distance. There is a leisure centre / swimming pool at Mid Yell. Although situated on one of Shetland's outer isles, Mainland Shetland is only a 20 minute ferry crossing away.

The house requires refurbishment and some repair which is reflected in the price but nonetheless the property offers lots of potential with the bonus of the outbuildings and land.

General Information

'South Brough' is situated in the north-east corner of the island of Yell, the largest of Shetland's North Isles which measures about 19 miles long by 7.5 miles wide and has a population of around 900. Although remote, the island is connected to Mainland Shetland by a regular 20 minute ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from the ferry terminal at Ulsta at the south end of the island, to Toft about 10 minutes from Brae & Sullom Voe, and approximately 27 miles from Lerwick, Shetland's capital. A ferry from Gutcher at the north end of Yell runs to the neighbouring island of Unst.

The Shetland Islands lie in the middle of the North Sea about 100 miles north of Mainland Scotland, and are in fact closer to Bergen in Norway than to Edinburgh. A daily overnight ferry service links Shetland with Aberdeen & Orkney (, and there are regular flights by Loganair ( from Sumburgh Airport at the very southern tip of Shetland, to Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh, islanders currently enjoying discounted airfares.

Yell has a good range of local amenities, far beyond what might usually be expected for such a location. In the immediate Cullivoe area there is a shop & post office, primary school, fuel pumps & public hall, with further amenities at Mid Yell, the main population centre on the island, about 12 miles south of the house, where there is a Junior High school, superb leisure centre & swimming pool, and a medical centre including dental surgery.

Yell is a very unspoilt, lightly populated island with great scenery and wildlife. One of Shetland's finest award winning beaches, the Sands of Breckon, is within walking distance of the house, and there are RSPB reserves at Lumbister, Hascosay and on islands in Yell Sound. There is a huge variety of wildlife, in particular Yell is said to be one of the best places in Europe to spot otters, and there is lots to interest birdwatchers.


The house comprises the original croft house and a later rear extension. Please note the rear extension is of non-standard construction which may limit mortgageability.

Windows in the property are mainly uPVC double glazed. Heating to the original house is provided by a solid-fuel 'Rayburn' stove in the living room which also supplies radiators in the two attic bedrooms and hot water.

In detail the accommodation comprises:-

On the Ground Floor:-


(Approx. 2.4m x 1.45m at widest points) (7'10" x 4'9") The main entrance is to the east side of the house where a uPVC door opens to a single glazed porch with further uPVC inner door to a small hallway off the main living room with built-in cupboard under the stairs. On the left is a second reception or extra bedroom.

Living Room

(Approx. 4.95m x 3.65m at widest points) (16'3" x 12') Enjoying the fine view to the front of the house, this large room is heated by the 'Rayburn' range. A stair from the living room leads to the two first floor bedrooms, whilst a door at the rear leads to the remaining accommodation in the rear extension.

Reception Room 2 / Bedroom 4

(Approx. 4.95m x 3.7m at widest points) (16'4" x 12'2") Another good-sized reception room again enjoying the fine view.

Rear hall

(Approx. 8.6m x 1.45m) (28'2" x 4'9") Very spacious hall leading to the remaining ground floor accommodation. At the far end is a large space (approx. 2.9m x 2.1m) (9'6" x 6'10") with south-facing window which is presently open-plan to the hall but could easily be blocked off to provide an extra room if required. It is presently used for storage / space for coats etc. being next to the uPVC back door. Hatch to the loft space.


(Approx. 2.9m x 2.1m) (9'6" x 6'10") With bath, WC & wash hand basin, and wall-mounted fan heater.

Kitchen / Dining Room

(Approx. 6.45m x 2.9m) (21'2" x 9'6") Generously proportioned kitchen with lots of natural light thanks to two windows facing north enjoying fine views out to sea and to the neighbouring island of Unst. Ample fitted units including an inset sink and plumbing for a washing machine although replacement would be desirable. A breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the dining area at the far end.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.25m x 2.9m at widest points) (14' x 9'6") South-facing double bedroom with fitted wardrobe space.

Box Room

(Approx. 2.9m x 2.1m) (9'6" x 6'10")

On the First Floor:-


A short stair from the living room leads up to a small landing and two large coombe ceiling attic double bedrooms, each of which has a window to the front of the house again benefiting from the fine views. Each has a reasonable floor-to-ceiling height of approximately 1.84 meters (6').

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 5m x 3.25m at widest points (floor area)) (16'5" x 10'8")

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 5.05m x 3.25m at widest points (floor area)) (16'5" x 10'8")


The Croft

As noted the owner-occupied croft is estimated to extend to around 28 acres (11.3 hectares) comprising the seven areas of mainly rough grazing land as shown on the sketch plan. Note some of the areas can be accessed directly from the public road, others over adjoining land.

Area 1 (approximately 1.18 acres) includes the site of the dwelling house which has not been decrofted and therefore remains part of the registered croft however the sellers may consider decrofting the house site prior to sale if required.

Attached to the side of the house is a stable / byre measuring overall approximately 9.4m x 4.5m (31' x 15'). This is sub-divided into two spaces linked by an internal door, each with its own external access. The building has power & water and wooden steps from one side provides access to the large split-level loft.

The grounds behind the house which are generally fenced include plenty of parking, a fenced enclosure for chickens etc., plus the small park behind. The 20' container which has power & lighting providing a handy workshop space, will remain.

Finally there is a further semi-detached stone byre (approx. 7.8m x 3.5m) (25' x 11'6") next to the neighbouring property to the north. This also has a water supply.

The park immediately in front of the house across the road stretches down to the shoreline, as do several of the other parks.

Area 5 (Heoga Ness) lies between the sea to the north and the Loch of Papil to the south. There is a scheduled ancient monument (a Broch at Burgi Geo) in area 7.

The croft has a hill right share in the North Yell District Common Grazing. No stock or entitlements are included.

The croft is registered and therefore subject to regulation by the Crofting Commission. Prospective purchasers requiring further information or advice in this regard should discuss this with their own agents or contact the Crofting Commission at 4 / 6 Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EQ. General information about crofting is also available via the Commissions website at:-

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: F (27)

Property Location

To reach the property drive to the north end of Yell and turn left to Cullivoe just before the ferry at terminal at Gutcher. Follow the road past the pier and the small voe of Culli Voe on the right, the local hall and Henderson's shop, the Galley Shed and a row of semi-detached houses. Continue past the road to the school and around to the left and the turning to 'Mursetter', and turn next right to North Brough. 'South Brough' is the second house in on the left just before the end of the side road.

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