Key details

Croft Middlesbrough, Gossabrough, East Yell, ZE2 9AU
Under offer
By arrangement.
Closing date
12:00pm Wednesday 22nd September


For sale, tenant's interest in the attractively situated, 12.8 acre registered croft of Middlesbrough, Gossabrough, on the east side of the island of Yell.

The croft comprises three areas of ground stretching down to the shore as shown on the plan, and includes a large 18m x 9m agricultural shed which was re-sheeted a couple of years ago.

A four bedroom detached house (Middlesbrough) next to the croft is available separately at offers over £170,000. Click here to see details of the house.

Click here to see a video of the house and surrounding croft.

Yell is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs from Ulsta at the south end of Yell to Toft on Mainland Shetland (approximately 20 minute crossing time).

General Information

Middlesbrough Croft is situated in the small hamlet of Gossabrough on the east side of the island of Yell, the larger of Shetland’s North Isles, which sits between Mainland Shetland and the neighbouring island of Unst, Yell being connected to Mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from the terminal at Ulsta at the south end of Yell about 7 miles from the house, to Toft about 10 minutes north of Brae & Sullom Voe and 27 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland’s main town, crossing town approximately 20 minutes.

Measuring about 19 miles long by 7½ miles wide, Yell has a population of around 950, islanders enjoying a level of amenities beyond what might normally be expected in such a remote but accessible ‘get-away-from-it-all’ rural location. Amenities close to the house include a small community run shop and primary school at Burravoe, further shops (both with fuel) at Aywick about 4 miles to the north, or back by the ferry at Ulsta. There are two fine sandy beaches close to the house at Gossabrough & Swarister. The main amenities are located at Mid Yell, the main population centre and the location of the island’s Junior High School, leisure centre & swimming pool, and medical centre.

The Shetland islands are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom being located approximately 100 miles north at Mainland Scotland (Shetland is actually closer to Bergen in Norway than Edinburgh) and 200 miles west of Bergen. 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. Loganair ( provide direct flights to Sumburgh at the very southern tip of Mainland Shetland, to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Islanders are currently entitled to discounts on both ferry and air fares.

Further information about Yell can be found at

The Croft

As noted the croft is estimated to extend to around 12.8 acres (5.18 hectares) or thereby as shown on the plan.

It is grazing land and there is a share (42 sheep) in the Gossabrough & Otterswick Common Grazing. The land is fenced except along the shoreline.

There is a large steel framed agricultural shed on the croft which measures approximately 18m x 9m, access being via 3.5m wide, 3.6m high sliding doors plus a separate back door. The shed which was re-sheeted in 2019, has power and water, the double sink & drainer having an instant hot water heater.

No stock or equipment is is included.

The croft is registered (Croft Register No. C4538) and therefore subject to regulation by the Crofting Commission. The Assignation of the tenancy in favour of the purchaser will require the approval of the Crofting Commission.

Prospective purchasers requiring further information or advice in this regard should discuss this with their own agents or contact the Crofting Commission directly at Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness IV3 8NW.

Information is also available on the Crofting Commission website at

Property location

To reach the croft drive off the ferry and take the first junction right to Burravoe. Continue to Burravoe and then follow the road northwards following signs for Mid Yell. After just over 2½ miles turn right to Gossabrough. The croft is on the left hand side of the road immediately after the cattle grid.


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.

Thanks again for your brilliant service with both my property sales over the past years. Your experience in Shetland is much noted with local people.

Selling my house whilst living in Edinburgh was a daunting prospect but I should not have worried. The communications between both parties was easy and the sale of my property went through without any hitches.
Diane Legget
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Croft Middlesbrough, Gossabrough, East Yell, ZE2 9AU

Please telephone the seller direct on 01595 890 774 or 07795 365 026.