Out Skerries circuit: Bruray and Housay

The isolated island group of Out Skerries is the most easterly part of Shetland - and indeed of Scotland. Locally known simply as Skerries, the group consists of three main islands - Housay and Gruray, which are linked by a bridge, and the now uninhabited island of Grunay. There are certain days each week when a day visit is possible, by ferry or by air. This walk runs right around the coastline of the two connected islands. As might be expected from their position, Skerries are renowned for their birdwatching opportunities with all sorts of rarities stopping over on migration.

Terrain

Pathless, but all fences have stiles or gates. Largely grassy going, some tussocky sections, rougher on north side of West Voe.

Public Transport

Ferry from Vidlin on Mainland Shetland, or from Whalsay; less often from Lerwick. Air link from Tingwall airport.

Start

Ferry terminal on Gruray, Out Skerries. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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