Welcome to Bressay!

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Experience all of Shetland in just one island...

Only 7 minutes by ferry from Lerwick, Bressay offers visitors a selection of Shetland’s finest scenery, geology, archaeology, flora and fauna. Easily accessible for walkers and cyclists, a lovely playpark for the young and our Heritage Centre, Speldiburn Café and Good As New Shop and the Maryfield House Hotel providing culture, food and interest - perfect for a lovely day out!

Bressay Development Ltd

BD Ltd is a not for profit and a Company Ltd by Guarantee striving to support our community, provide better facilities and services on the island, promote Bressay’s assets, encourage tourism, business and work opportunities. Managed by a small team of volunteers, the group set up and now runs the Speldiburn Café and Good As New Shop, artist studio spaces, recycling facilities and venue hire at the former school.

Speldiburn Café

Bressay's café situated within the former primary school! Join us for delicious lunches, soups, toasted sandwiches and filled rolls, and a selection of soft drinks, teas, coffees and cakes.


Arts & Crafts

Exhibitions of work by local and visiting artists is on display in the Speldiburn café. Four individual studio spaces available to rent in a large bright former classroom. Extra public exhibition space also available.


Good as New Shop

The Speldiburn GAN Shop has an ever-changing range of great quality items for sale. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12.30 – 2.30. Current stock includes cookware, glasses and china, lovely handbags and a brilliant selection of clothing, books and jewellery.

Visit Bressay

Explore picturesque coastal landscapes, stunning wildlife and archaeological treasures. Bressay is an ideal destination for walking & cycling, with a visitor centre, café and restaurant all just minutes away from Lerwick.

Our Community

Our community of around 340 folk is friendly and welcoming, many of us participate in the regular events and activities taking place. Thinking of moving to Bressay? We can help provide information on accommodation, employment, amenities and much more!


BDL is committed to reducing Bressay's CO2 emissions and helping our community cut waste. In 2021 we begun a project to plant a 3000 tree woodland. Also in 2021, with funding from HIE and CARES, we replaced our storage heaters with air source heat units, added extra loft insulation and installed 40 solar panels. Speldiburn cafe uses compostable cups, straws and takeaway containers.

What's On

Upcoming events in Bressay.

Bressay Christmas Market

Bressay Christmas Market - Sunday 5th December

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Bressay Under 5s

The friendly babies and bairns group meets every Friday morning from 10.30 - 12.30 in the former Bressay school nursery.

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Bairns Christmas Grotto - 12th December

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