Useful information and links relating to the Coronavirus pandemic

Inter-island Ferry Situation From 8th April 2020

A new restricted timetable comes into operation on Monday 1st June 2020. You can see the new timetable by clicking here.It is also shown below.

All crossings from this date are by booking only - this goes for ALL passengers whether in vehicles or on foot. You can book crossings by visiting the website at

If you aren't already registered on this site (a lot of Bressay people will already be registered as it was how you booked for Yell, Unst and Whalsay), you can set up an account by clicking the Register button and it will ask you for your details. If you already have a user on the site you can just click the Login button and enter your email address and password to gain access.

Otherwise, you can book by one of the following ways :-

If you need to book a large number of crossings (e.g. if you're working on the mainland), you can access the block-booking form here.

Payment is to be by Account Card only from this date.

If you don't have an account card, you can get one by downloading this application form. Open the file, type in your details, save and send as as an email attachment to Alternatively, print it off, fill it in, and email a scanned copy to

You can also print it off, fill it in and post it to Shetland Islands Council, Port Admin Building, Sella Ness, Sullom Voe, Shetland ZE2 9QR.

If you need to use the ferry before you get your account card, you should tell the crew that you are awaiting delivery of your account card. They will take your details, and the cost of the journey will be added to your account balance.

Multi-journey tickets cannot be used on the ferries. They can still be used to pay off your account balance when you receive an invoice. To do this, send the tickets with your payment to the SIC.

We have prepared a guide to using the ferries during the Coronavirus emergency which you may find useful. Please click here to download it.

There is much more information about this at the SIC ferry page at

What the Bressay Community is doing

Speldiburn Cafe and the Good as New Shop are closed because of government instructions on social distancing. Please see below for information on how to contact BDL in the current situation.

To help reduce contact and potential infection, please remember that deliveries can be arranged from the Mail Shop where staff will try to get in any specific items if asked. Orders can also be phoned in for collection at the counter. Please ring the Mail Shop on (01595) 820 200.

The Speldiburn Cafe will continue to provide deliveries on Friday to our usual delivery customers. We want to be responsive to the needs of Bressay folk and extend this service to anyone on Bressay, so please pass this information on to anyone you know in Bressay who might need a cooked lunch and get in touch if more regular help is needed. Lunches must be pre-ordered at the latest by midday on Thursday. We will send out invoices via email or post with BDL bank details for payment, or for payment by cheque.

Local crafts and cards can still be purchased and can be delivered for free to anyone in Bressay. Just follow this link : Speldiburn Crafts.

A collection of Speldiburn library books can be seen on our website and these can be delivered free of charge anywhere in Bressay : Speldiburn Library.

Spring has arrived in Bressay - see our gallery of Spring photos that Bressay folk have sent us on our What's Growing On page.

We also have a number of online activities and events going on - please visit our What's On page for more details.

Gaby and Renzo are providing a free prescription delivery service for anyone on Bressay. Contact Gaby via Curious Pilgrims Facebook Page or call/text 07455225440

BDL are maintaining a list of people on Bressay who are prepared to act as volunteers to support anyone in need as a result of the virus, in areas such as collection of prescriptions, delivery of shopping etc. If you would like to volunteer or if you need assistance yourself, please contact us.

Contacting BDL

Call any of the numbers below for deliveries or other assistance.

Message us on Bressay Development’s Facebook Page, email us at or call Jackie 07904 445610, Chris 07748 926454 or Beatrice on 820 773

Useful Links

Scottish Government Links

Coronavirus in Scotland

NHS Scotland Links

NHS Shetland Facebook

NHS Inform Coronavirus Information

Health & Wellbeing advice Links

NHS Inform provide advice and information on how you can look after you phyiscial and mental health

Mind Your Head provide resources and advice for looking after your mental health health and wellbeing

Healthy Shetland Facebook page and website

Shetland Islands Council Links

Shetland Islands Council Coronavirus Information

Non-essential travel on inter-island ferries

Reduced Inter-island ferries

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