Flat 4, Muckle Flugga Shore Station, Burrafirth, Unst, ZE2 9EQ

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

E (51)

Council Tax:

Band A




Living room, kitchen / dining room, two bedrooms, shower room, hall & entrance lobby. Basement boiler room / store & shed.


Rare opportunity to buy a flat in a Grade C (S) Listed, former lighthouse shore station in a stunning, very scenic location overlooking the Voe of Burrafirth at the north end of the island of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

The flat which is on the upper floor of a building housing four flats, enjoys fantastic views in all directions.

It would make an ideal holiday home if not used as a permanent home as is the case at present.

It is also in a great location for bird watching as it lies next to Hermaness National Nature Reserve, sea kayaking, and also for spotting otters and other marine life in the voe.

The double glazed accommodation which has oil-fired central heating, comprises a living room, kitchen / dining room, two bedrooms and a shower room, the kitchen and bathroom having been re-fitted by the current owners.

There is also a basement boiler room / store, garden / drying area and shed.

This is a special interest property in a spectacular location – viewing is essential.

General Information

Flat 4, Muckle Flugga Shore Station is situated in a fantastic shoreside location by the voe of Burrafirth at the north end of the island of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

Measuring approximately 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, Unst has a population of around 600, who in spite of the island’s small size and remote location, enjoy an excellent range of amenities which are mainly based in Baltasound the main settlement about five miles to the south. These include a primary / junior high school, a superb leisure centre / swimming pool, a couple of local shops (one with fuel), post office, garage (with shop, fuel & café), and a hotel & marina.

Further amenities at Haroldswick about three miles from the property, include a heritage centre and the Unst Boat Haven. There is also a restaurant at the Saxa Vord resort.

There are many places of interest on Unst making it a popular tourist destination, in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve (by the property), Keen of Hamar Reserve, Muckle Flugga Lighthouse, Muness Castle, and fine beaches at Norwick, Skaw, Sandwick, Westing & Burrafirth.

Shetland is a premier destination for sea kayaking, with this property being in a great location for this as launching at the shore station is easy and the firth is a spectacular paddle.

A regular ro-ro ferry service connects Unst with Mainland Shetland, ferries running throughout the day from Belmont at the south end of the island (approximately 10 miles) to the neighbouring island of Yell (10 minute crossing), and from Yell to Mainland Shetland (20 minute crossing).

The Shetland Islands form the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, being located approximately 200 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. There are over 100 islands of which 12 are inhabited. Home to around 22,000 people the islands provide a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Shetland is linked to Mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk). Flybe operates direct flights to Sumburgh from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow (www.flybe.com). Islanders currently qualify for discounted ferry and air fares.

The property forms part of the Grade C(S) Listed, former Shore Station which served Muckle Flugga lighthouse which lies just off the northern tip of Unst at the north end of Burrafirth. Flat 4 provided accommodation for the lighthouse keeper’s family. Just below the shore station is the boat shed and slipway.

The building comprises four flats, one of which provides accommodation for Scottish Natural Heritage’s warden and also a small visitor centre.

Windows in the property are uPVC double glazed and central heating is provided by a ‘Boulter Camray’ combi boiler in the basement boiler room.


Entrance Lobby

The flat is situated on the first floor, access being via a stair to the rear of the building which leads up to a front door to an entrance lobby with doors to a shower room and a useful store cupboard which also has plumbing for a washing machine and houses the meters etc., and the hall.

Shower room

(Approx. 2.35m x 1.75m) (7’9” x 5’10”) Re-fitted by the current owners, the wet-wall lined shower room now comprises a corner shower enclosure with ‘Mira’ electric shower & glazed screen / door plus a white W.C. & wash hand basin set in a fitted vanity / cupboard unit. Radiator.


With walk-in recess providing further storage space, telephone point & radiator.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.05m x 3.5m) (13’3” x 11’6”) This room is currently used as a double bedroom but as it has a window enjoying the fantastic view eastwards over the voe, it could be used as the living room. Shelved recess & radiator.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.15m x 2.3m) (11’2” x 7’7”) This single bedroom, which again enjoys a view eastwards to the voe, is currently used as an office. Radiator.

Living room

(‘L’-shaped space approx. 3.55m x 3.1m at widest points) (11’8” x 10’3”) West-facing room currently used as a living room but was previously a bedroom, with shelved wall cupboard & satellite T.V. connection.

Kitchen / Dining room

(Approx. 5.2m x 3.55) (17’ x 11’8”) This large room which has two windows facing west, has a modern fitted kitchen at one end, the units including an integral oven & hob with concealed cooker hood over plus an inset sink, and plenty of space for a table & chairs. A slim built-in cupboard provides an airing facility. Wood effect vinyl flooring, satellite T.V. connection & radiator.


All the external space within the immediate boundary walls with the exception of the two store buildings which belong to other flat owners, goes with the flat although the other three flat owners have access rights across this space to their individual properties.

The main garden area comprises a large lawn / drying green plus a hardstanding seating area and a shed which was originally the wireless / radio shed, although this requires some attention. The flat also has its own parking space plus shared use of the drying and parking areas outwith the boundary wall.

Finally a large basement boiler room / store (approx. 4.15m x 2m) (13’8” X 6’6”) also goes with the flat. This has power & lighting, and houses the central heating boiler therefore providing a great place for drying clothes etc., clothes pulley included. Note SNH has use of this space as it houses the central heating boiler and water tank for their property.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: E (51)

Property Location

To reach the property head north to Haroldswick. Pass the two junctions to Haroldswick from the main road, and continue northwestwards following signs for the B9086 to Burrafirth. The Shore Station is situated right at the end of the road.

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