Lower Ness, Fetlar, ZE2 9DJ

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

E (44)

Council Tax:

Band A




2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen / diner & bathroom.


Detached two-bedroomed cottage set in fenced garden area enjoying open all round views including to the sea, in 'get-away-from-it-all' remote rural location on the island of Fetlar.

Arranged over two floors the double glazed accommodation comprises a dual-aspect living room with solid-fuel stove, a large kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor, plus two double bedrooms upstairs. Central heating is provided by an external oil-fired boiler. Some upgrading would be beneficial which is reflected in the price.

Fetlar, one of Shetland's larger outer isles, is connected to Mainland Shetland by a ro-ro ferry service which runs via the neighbouring islands of Yell / Unst. Known as the 'Garden of Shetland' because of its rich fertile soil, the island is well known for its rich variety of bird life. There is a local shop and primary school on the island.

General Information

'Lower Ness' is situated on the island of Fetlar, one of Shetland's larger outer isles, which lies off the east coast of the island of Yell towards the northern end of Shetland.

Known as the 'Garden of Shetland' due to its green landscape and fertile soil, the island has a rich natural heritage and stunning scenery particularly the long sandy beach at Tresta. Around two-thirds of the island is protected in some way, either as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), a special area of conservation (SAC), or as an RSPB reserve at Funzie.

The island is an ornithologist's paradise as a wide variety of bird life can be seen including one of Britain's rarest breeding birds, the red-necked phalarope, plus whimbrels, red-throated divers, golden plovers, artic skuas and artic terns, amongst others. Fetlar is also of significant archeological and geological interest, and both the houses at Broch Lodge, which is in the process of being restored, and Leagarth, having interesting histories.

The island is connected to mainland Shetland via a short 25-minute ro-ro ferry service which runs several times a day from Gutcher on Yell or Belmont on Unst, the crossing running to Hamars Ness at the very western corner of Fetlar. The ferry from Yell to Toft on Mainland Shetland takes around 20 minutes allowing Lerwick, Shetland's main town, to be reached in just over two hours or so.

Although remote, which is part of its attraction, and having only a very small population, the island still has its own primary school, a part-time shop & post office, and a summer time cafe. There is a resident district nurse, a community hall and camping bod. The community-run museum / interpretive centre is an excellent source of further information about the island.

Further information on Fetlar can be found at:-



www.fetlar.shetland.sch.uk www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/f/fetlar/index.asp.

Windows in the property are double glazed, a mix of timber and uPVC units. Central heating radiators are supplied by an externally mounted oil-fired boiler which also supplies the 'Megaflo' hot water tank in a cupboard in one of the bedrooms. A solid-fuel stove in the living room provides a cosy additional heat source.


On the Ground Floor:-

Entrance Lobby

Entry is via a double glazed door which opens to a small lobby with bathroom to the right and door to the left to a hallway with built-in cupboard, leading to the kitchen and living room.


(Approx. 2.25m x 1.5m) (7'4" x 5'1") Part wood-lined bathroom with white three piece suite. Electric heater & radiator.

Living Room

(Approx. 4m x 3.45m) (13' x 11'4") With windows to the east and south, the south window enjoying a distant view to the sea. Fireplace surround housing a cast iron solid-fuel stove although there is also a central heating radiator.

Kitchen / Diner

(Approx. 4.05m x 3.7m) (13'3" x 12'3") Good-sized, east-facing kitchen with fitted units to two walls including a sink and Calor gas cooker point. Space for a table & chairs and small storage area off with rear-facing window & built-in bed.

On the First Floor:-

The stair from the hallway leads up to two double bedrooms on the first floor, each with a floor-to-ceiling height in the centre of approximately 2m (6'6"), both with east-facing Velux windows. The bedroom to the left has a second Velux window to the west, wardrobe / cupboard space behind the stairs and a cupboard housing the hot water tank.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.65m x 3.4m (floor area)) (12' x 11'2")

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.65m x 3.65m (floor area)) (12' x 12')


The property sits in a fenced site estimated to extend to around ¼ acre or thereby, access being via a tarred track off the main road through the island, which serves a group of four houses. There is a small more formal garden area immediately in front of the house, the main site being to the rear and mainly grassed. Detached stone-built shed by the house measuring approximately 5.3m x 2.6m (17'5" x 8'6") although the roof requires some attention.

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 (44)

Property Location

To reach the property drive through Fetlar passing the road to the airstrip and the junctions to Tresta, and continuing through Houbie where the shop, the school and the interpretive centre are situated. Carry on up the hill passing the historic Leagarth House, a wind turbine and the track to the community hall and a large pale green detached house on the right. Take the next turning right which leads southwards towards the sea. 'Lower Ness' is the second of the first two houses you come to.

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