The archipelago of SHETLAND has been named as one of the top 10 destinations in Europe and is the only UK place to feature - at number six - in the 2019 Lonely Planet list for international travellers this summer ~ Lonely Planet Highlights of Shetland

Out Skerries is a group of small islands 9 miles east of Vidlin on mainland Shetland. Out Skerries are considered by many to be a miniature version of the Shetland Archipelago. The islands are particularly scenic with a rugged coastline of cliffs, arches, blow holes, stacks, voes and beaches which offer plenty of hiking and walking opportunities.

Out Skerries is an ornithological paradise with year round interest especially the Spring & Autumn migrations ~ all kinds of sea birds, otters, seals and whales can be seen from the hills and the shore.

Nature in Shetland record latest bird sightings throughout Shetland along with links to other bird, entomology and sea mammal organisations.

The principal economic activities on the islands are crofting, fishing and tourism. The largest islands are Bruray (East Isle), Housay (West Isle) and Grunay which is currently uninhabited.

The Ferry Terminal, Air Strip, Play Park and School are on Bruray while Housay is home to the Post Office, Public Hall, Kirk and Schoolhouse all of which are within walking distance.

The population of 60 or so people live on the islands of Bruray and Housay which are connected by a bridge and each of the isles has a shop.

George's Shop Bruray 515226
Monday 09:00~11:30 Tuesday 09:00~11:30 & 14:00~15:30
Wednesday 09:00~11:30 + an hour after Ferry returns
Thursday & Friday 09:00~11:30 & 14:00~15:30
Saturday 09:00~11:30 & 14:00~15:30 Sunday 14:00~15:00

Janice's Shop & Post Office Housay 515297
Monday & Tuesday PO & Shop 09:30~12:30
Wednesday 10:00~12:30 + an hour after Ferry
Thursday Shop 10:00~12:30
Friday PO & Shop 09:30~12:30 Saturday Shop 10:00~12:30
Post Box emptied
Monday 13:30 Wednesday 07:00 Friday 15:00

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Filla Skerries Bound

Shetland offers excellent transport links throughout the mainland and outer isles Shetland Air, Bus & Ferry Timetables
Shetland Islands Council ferry timetable is available to view or download at Shetland Ferry Timetables

Out Skerries Ferry operates a RoRo service 5 days a week
Saturday from LAXO & VIDLIN Sunday from VIDLIN
Monday & Friday from LAXO & VIDLIN
Wednesday to & from LERWICK

Passengers & Vehicles must be booked in advance
Bookings ~ Email Ferry Bookings ~ Tel 01595 745805
Travel updates ~ 01595 743975 ~ Voicebank

Out Skerries Marina & Pier

Out Skerries Weather

NB There is no Off Licence on Out Skerries
If you are using the Skerries ferry Friday to Monday
Vidlin Stores offer a good selection of beers, wines & spirits
Telephone 0044(0)1806 577285

Bound Skerry from Filla

Year established





David & Thomas Stevenson



Latitude 60° 25.469'N Longitude 000° 43.683'W



Flashing White every 20 secs



44 metres

Nominal Range


20 nautical miles



White tower, 30 metres high

The first light was a temporary structure built on the island of Grunay in 1854 at the request of Her Majesty's Navy when their Northern Squadron was engaged in the Russian War. The light was first established on 15 September 1854. The permanent building was completed on the island of Bound Skerry in 1858. The tower is 98 feet high and the candlepower 159,000.
During World War II the Lighthouse Buildings at the Shore Station were machine-gunned on 22 February 1941, fortunately on this occasion no one was injured. On Sunday 18 January 1942 at 11:45 a single enemy bomber approached the island from a westerly direction at low level and passed directly over the Lighthouse dwelling houses. One or two bombs were dropped, missed the buildings and fell into the sea. The raider made a wide circle to the east, returning over the Lighthouse Buildings and dropped another bomb which registered a direct hit on the Boatman's house.
The house was completely demolished and the sole occupant at the time, the Boatman's mother, was buried beneath the debris, sustaining injuries from which she died at Lerwick on 20 January 1942. Other damage on this raid was as follows ~ Boatman's wash house and coal cellar demolished, dwelling houses of Lightkeepers and out-buildings etc completely destroyed or otherwise badly damaged. The flagpole was damaged and the framework of the base was also badly shaken.
The station was made automatic and demanned in 1972, the automation light becoming effective from 7 April 1972. Northern Lighthouse Board