Yell Island (Shetland, Scotland)

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UK - British Isles

Local Time
06:35 22 Aug 2018

60.49824 N, -1.04290 W

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Yell is one of Scotland's North Isles of Shetland. The island covers a total area of approx 212,11 km2 (81,9 ml2) and has a population of around 970 people (2011 census).

  • Yell is the 2nd largest in Shetland after Mainland, and the 3rd most populous in the archipelago (15th out of Scotland's islands), after Mainland and Whalsay. The Isle of Yell is lying to the north of Mainland Island (Orkey). It is among the UK's best places to watch otters.
  • The bedrock of the island is largely formed of Moine schist with north-south grain, that was uplifted during Caledonian mountain building period. Two thirds of the island are covered by peat to an average depth of 1,5 m (5 ft).
  • Yell Island has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Norse rule lasted between 9th-14th centuries until control of Scotland was asserted. Modern economy of Yell is based on fishing, transport and tourism. The island is claimed to be the "Otter Capital of Britain". It has a diverse bird life, such as breeding populations of Arctic skuas.
  • Notable buildings on Yell Island include the Old Haa of Brough in Burravoe dating back to the 17th century, merchant's house currently converted to a museum and visitors' centre. There are a variety of folk tales and modern references to island life.
  • Yell Island is a transport hub for neighbouring Fetlar and Unst islands. Yell Sound Ferry sails out of Ulsta on Yell to Toft on Shetland Mainland. The service operates via two ferries - Daggri (the Norse word for "dawn"), launched 2003 and Dagalien (the Norse word for "dusk"), launched 2004. The vessels, both built in Gdansk, Poland, can each carry up to 31 cars or 4 trucks, and 95 passengers. The crossing takes approx 20 minutes, and ferries leave around every 30 minutes at peak times.
  • Bluemull Sound Ferry sails out of Gutcher on Yell Island to Oddsta on Fetlar and Belmont on Unst. The ferries sail to Unst approx every 30 minutes during the day, and to Fetlar several times per day. The voyage to Unst takes 10 minutes, while sailing to Fetlar takes around 25 minutes. 

Yell Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Yell Island dock (anchor) at Burravoe (Broch Bay) located in the island's southeastern part. Burravoe has a little harbour. Nearby is the oldest surviving habitation - Haa of Burravoe museum (the building was constructed in 1672).

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