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Yell Island is one of Shetland Islands (Scotland's North Isles), with total area approx 212 km2 (82 ml2) and population around 1,000. Yell is Shetland's 2nd largest island (after Mainland) and 3rd most populous (after Mainland and Whalsay).
Isle of Yell is located to the north of Mainland (Orkey) and is among UK's best places to watch otters. The island is largely formed of Moine rocks. 2/3 of its land is covered by peat (average depth 1,5 m / 5 ft). Norse rule over the island was in 9th-14th centuries. Local economy is based on commercial fishing, transport and tourism. The island has a diverse bird life, such as breeding populations of Arctic skuas. Notable buildings include Old Haa of Brough (in Burravoe) dating back to the 17th century. This former merchant house was converted to a museum and visitors centre.
- Yell Sound Ferry service is via two ships - Daggri (launched 2003) and Dagalien (launched 2004). Both vessels were built in Gdansk Poland, and each carries up to 31 cars (or 4 trucks) and 95 passengers. Crossing time is approx 20 min. The ferries leave around every 30 min at peak times.
- Bluemull Sound Ferry service connects Yell (Gutcher) with Fetlar (Oddsta) and Unst (Belmont). These ferries leave for Unst every 30 min daily, and to Fetlar several times per day. Crossing times are 10 min (to Unst) and 25 min (to Fetlar).
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).