Bressay has been inhabited for the past 6000 years and the burnt mounds, brochs and Neolithic remains in locations across the Island offer visitors a little glimpse into the distant past.

Bressay Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bressay Heritage Centre, situated at the Bressay ferry terminal, is a local exhibition space. Current displays include information and photographs documenting Bressay’s role in WW1, photographs of Bressay’s flora and a lovely ‘ben end’, a 1960’s living room – Bressay style.

Bressay Heritage Centre opened in 1996 and is owned and operated by Bressay History Group. Annual summer exhibitions provide visitors with the opportunity to dip into many aspects of Bressay’s past. The Centre houses an extensive archive of material relating to the island’s history through photographs, maps, genealogy, etc.

An interesting visitor attraction is the reconstruction, next to the Heritage Centre, of the central core of a Bronze Age Burnt Mound, which Bressay History Group ‘rescued’ from being washed away by the sea. Onsite interpretation will assist visitors to explore the interior of this unique mysterious construction.

The Bressay History Group is part of the network of Tourist Information Points and their custodian can provide detailed local information, directions and suggestions, such as popular walks.

E-mail: bressayheritage@btinternet.com for more information.

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