Key details

Braeside, Cullivoe, Yell, ZE2 9DD
5 acres non-croft land • Great views • Huge potential
Under offer
Immediate entry is available on conclusion of legal formalities.
Closing date
12:00pm Tuesday 30th November


Unique opportunity to acquire a sizeable former school and schoolhouse plus around 5 acres non-croft land in an elevated position at Cullivoe on the island of Yell, enjoying superb panoramic views across Bluemull Sound to Unst.

This Grade ‘C’ listed property comprises four rooms and a toilet on the schoolhouse side, plus four further rooms to the school room side, the two parts being linked by a doorway internally. Although requiring complete renovation the property offers huge potential possibly salvaging much of the original timber lining which remains. Given the extent and layout of accommodation there is possible scope for a various uses, e.g. as a large family home, or part of the school room could perhaps be converted to separate letting accommodation or a home office or studio. The main site extends to around 3.5 acres providing plenty of space for growing your own produce or keeping livestock etc. There is a further area of around 1.5 acres by the Loch of Brough to the south.

This is undoubtedly a major project but potentially very rewarding.

Yell is connected to mainland Shetland by regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day.

A home report is not required for this property.

General Information

‘Braeside’ is situated in the village of Cullivoe at the north end of the island of Yell, the larger of Shetland’s North Isles which sits between Mainland Shetland to the south and the neighbouring island of Unst to the north.

Although measuring around 19 miles long by 7 miles wide, and having a population of just 950, Yell has a range of amenities beyond what might normally be expected in such a remote but accessible ‘get-away-from-it-all’ rural location, Cullivoe itself having a local shop (RS Henderson’s), a licensed general merchants & post office, a village hall and fuel pumps by the galley shed. The house is however only about 11 miles from Mid Yell, the main population centre and the location of the main amenities which include the Junior High School, leisure centre & swimming pool, and medical centre.

Yell has great scenery, several beautiful beaches including at Sands of Breckon not far from the house, and there is plenty to interest birdwatchers and hill walkers, with an RSPB reserve at Lumbister. Further information on the island can be found at:-

Yell is connected to mainland Shetland via a regular ro-ro ferry service (crossing time approx. 20 minutes) which runs throughout the day from Ulsta at the south end of the island, to Toft about 10 miles from Brae & Sullom Voe and approximately 27 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland’s main town. Ferries from the ferry terminal at Gutcher a few miles from Braeside, also connect Yell with Unst.

The Shetland Islands are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom being located approximately 100 miles north of Mainland Scotland (Shetland is actually closer to Bergen in Norway than Edinburgh) and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. There are over 100 islands of which 15 are inhabited, the islands being home to around 23,000 people and providing a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic and unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Shetland is linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service operated by Northlink ( which runs seven days a week from Aberdeen to Lerwick. Loganair ( provides regular flights to Sumburgh at the very southern tip of Mainland Shetland, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Islanders are currently entitled to discounted ferry and air fares.

The Property

The property which is Grade ‘C’ listed, comprises the former school room (on the right (north) side) dating from around 1827, plus the adjoining teacher’s house which was added some years later, although the two parts are inter-linked. The building faces east and all rooms have windows to the front enjoying the fine panoramic views eastwards over Bluemull Sound to Unst.

The property has a mains water supply and there is an old septic tank however a new septic tank will be required as part of any renovation works. An electricity connection will be required. Initial investigations suggest this will cost in the region of £4,000 however prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the electricity supplier directly.

It is thought that the property was last inhabited in the mid-1970's although then only for holiday use although we are unable to verify this. The building is in poor condition, is not habitable and is being sold as seen. Interested parties requiring further information regarding condition are advised to consult a surveyor or other similar professional. As with all property we always advise interested parties to view in person. No warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services. Works and / or alterations to the property will require listed building consent. Grants for works to listed buildings may be available. For more information see:-


There are two entrances to the property, one to the schoolhouse to the south, the other to the school room to the north. Entering via the south entrance, there is a wood-lined hallway with original paneled doors to a living room and kitchen, a stair ahead leading to the first floor. Like most of the house the living room retains the original wood lining to the walls, and also the paneling around the window, and a fireplace.

The staircase which is lit by a large window to the rear (presently boarded up), leads up to a small landing, and two good-sized double bedrooms both retaining the original wooden planking and having a dormer window. The area off the landing could potentially be extended out over the entrance area to provide space for a bathroom.

Back off the hallway the kitchen which again retains the original wooden planking, also has a window facing east with a ‘Belfast’ sink below, plus a fireplace and cupboard space under the stairs. From here a narrow doorway leads through to a lobby to the other side of the building, the lobby having a toilet off and a second stair to another double room upstairs, again completely wood lined, with skylights to the front and rear, a fireplace and access to cupboard space over the stairs. A second door from the lobby opens to another ground foor reception room, a surprisingly grand room, again with fireplace and shelved cupboard, this room having the inter-connecting door to the main hallway on the school room side.

The hallway to the school room provides a second entrance to the building, the hallway leading to the original school room with timber features including window shutters, skirtings and a shelved cupboard to the side of the fireplace. The stair from the hallway leads up to a small landing and another double bedroom, this time with a large west-facing roof light, small window to the north-facing gable, and fireplace.

Room Sizes

School House

On the Ground Floor:-

Room 1

Approx. 4.15m x 3.6m

Room 2

Approx. 3.6m x 3.55m


Approx. 2.35m x 1.65m

On the First Floor:-

Room 3

Approx. 4.2m x 3.6m

Room 4

Approx. 3.6m x 3.55m

School Room

On the Ground Floor:-

Room 1

Approx. 3.6m x 3.6m

Room 2

Approx. 4.15m x 3.85m

On the First Floor:-

Room 3

Approx. 3.65m x 3.6m

Room 4

Approx. 4.15m x 3.8m


The property sits in around 3.5 acres hill ground. Vehicular access has long been exercised via a track from the south side of the site. Prescriptive rights exist however formal rights are not incorporated into the title and the property is being sold on this basis. It is however thought that would be scope for creating an access directly from the public road due east of the site although prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

There is a further 1.5 acres to the west side of the Loch of Brough about ½ mile south of the main site.

Click here to see a site plan (areas outlined in red).

Property location

To locate the property drive to Cullivoe at the north end of the island and continue past the church, village hall, RS Henderson’s shop and the school. Follow the road around to the left and turn next left to Mursetter. The property is situated on the hillside to the right shortly after a large light brown modern timber clad house on the left.


Important Information for Prospective Purchasers

This schedule is intended only to help you decide whether to view the property. We always recommend you view the property personally.

The information is believed to be correct, but it is not warranted and is not to form part of any contract of sale. All dates, distances, areas and room sizes noted are approximate and for use as a general guide only. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the working condition or otherwise of any equipment such as central heating or kitchen appliances.

This schedule should not be taken as a comment on the condition of the property. This is a matter for your surveyor and we recommend that once you have found a property you are interested in, you obtain a survey report. We can provide details of surveyors if required.

Interested parties are advised to note their interest through their solicitor as soon as possible so that they can be informed if a closing date is fixed. Noting interest does not place any obligation on the seller to set a closing date or to give any noted interests the opportunity to offer. Whilst every effort will be made to advise noted interests of any closing date set, this cannot be guaranteed.

No responsibility will be accepted for expenses incurred by parties who have noted interest but do not get an opportunity to offer, or for any expenses incurred traveling to properties which have been sold or withdrawn.

Again thank you for your assistance so far, I couldn’t have asked for better giving the country wide situation so I’m very grateful for works done so far and the speed at which it has happened.
Russell Smith
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Braeside, Cullivoe, Yell, ZE2 9DD