House & Croft, 'Whitecroft', Ulsta, West Yell, ZE2 9BG

Under offer
Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (55)

Council Tax:

Band A


Under offer


• 2 bedrooms • 2 reception rooms • conservatory • kitchen with utility area off • shower room • attached store & store / office • range of outbuildings


Great opportunity to acquire a renovated croft house with a range of modern outbuildings and manageable area of owner-occupied registered croft land (5.5 hectares (13.6 acres)) enjoying magnificent 180º views westwards across Yell Sound.

The double glazed accommodation in the house which benefits from oil-fired central heating, comprises a west-facing conservatory, a great place to sit and enjoy the fine views, two reception rooms, a kitchen with utility area off, and shower room on the ground floor, plus two bedrooms upstairs. Attached to the house is a lined and insulated former byre comprising two rooms which could provide a great home office set-up or could potentially be converted into additional living space, subject to consents.

The outbuildings are all situated by the house and include a modern 21m byre, separate shed / workshop and potting shed / greenhouse, providing plenty of useful space for agricultural purposes or possible potential for developing a small business.

Ideal set-up for anyone looking for a property in a remote but accessible 'get-away-from-it-all' location with lots of outside space and potential for home working or space for a small business.

General Information

‘Whitecroft’ is attractively situated in an elevated position on the hillside on the west side of Yell, the larger of Shetland’s North Isles, approximately 2 miles north of the ferry terminal at Ulsta at the south end of the island. The position of the property means it enjoys magnificent views westwards over the Ness of Sound and Yell Sound beyond to the North Mainland coast.

Sitting between Mainland Shetland and the neighbouring island of Unst to the north, Yell measures around 19 miles long by about 7½ miles wide, and has a population of around 950. The ferry terminal at Ulsta is the entry point to the island and the location of the nearest shop, although the main population centre at Mid Yell to the north is where most of the island’s amenities can be found, including the island’s Junior High School, a superb leisure centre & swimming pool, medical centre including dental surgery, pier & boating club.

A 20 minute ro-ro ferry service runs throughout the day from Ulsta connecting Yell with Toft on Mainland Shetland, about 10 minutes from Brae & Sullom Voe, and approximately 27 miles from Lerwick.

Spread over 100 islands (15 of them inhabited), Shetland lies in the middle of the North Sea, about 100 miles north of Mainland Scotland (Shetland is actually is closer to Bergen in Norway than Edinburgh). The islands are accessed from mainland Scotland by a daily overnight ferry service from Aberdeen & Orkney to Lerwick (, or there are regular flights to Sumburgh at the very southern tip of Shetland, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow ( Islanders are currently entitled to discounts on both ferry & air fares.

The house is fully double glazed and benefits from oil-fired central heating supplied by an external boiler, supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the living room, which has a telephone point and satellite T.V. connection.

All carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the blinds & light fittings will be included in the sale.


The House

Entry to the croft house is via a west-facing conservatory room with floor-to-ceiling glazing to three sides providing a great place to sit and enjoy the fantastic views over the croft to Yell Sound. The space has tile effect vinyl flooring and a glazed inner door which opens to the dining room with a half-glazed door to the left to the living room, both attractive, carpeted rooms with exposed beams adding character, and both having windows to the front of the house, the dining room having a second window to the rear by the stair to the first floor, and a built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank. A solid-fuel stove in the living room provides a cosy heat source although there is also a central heating radiator.

Also off the dining room is the rear-facing galley style kitchen with modern units including an inset sink, electric cooker and plumbing for a washing machine (appliance not included). Vinyl flooring. Off the kitchen is a useful utility area (approx. 1.65m x 1.5m) (5’4” x 5’) with fitted cupboard and worktop space, vinyl flooring and window to the front.

Finally on the ground floor there is a re-fitted, wet-wall lined shower room with large shower with electric shower, white WC & wash hand basin with mirror / light over. Vinyl flooring & heated towel rail / radiator.

The stair from the dining room leads up to a small landing with built-in cupboard and solid pine doors to two combed ceiling carpeted double bedrooms (floor to ceiling height in centre of 1.83m (6’)), each with a Velux window with integral blackout blind. The bedroom to the right has a built-in wardrobe.

Attached to the north side of the house is a stone-built re-lined and insulated former byre which comprises a large store with further store / office, a great space for running a small business or working from home, or it could potentially be converted to provide additional living accommodation subject to any necessary consents required. Both rooms have power points and lighting, the larger main space which measures approx. 5.6m x 2.55m (18’4” x 8’5”) having an external door, west-facing double glazed window and part carpeted / part vinyl flooring. Off the main space is a further fully carpeted store / office (Approx. 4.5m x 2.6m) (14’9” x 8’6”)), again with west-facing double glazed window.

Room Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Living room

Approx. 4m x 3.35m (13’ x 11’)

Dining room

Approx. 4.2m x 3.35m (13’10” x 11’)


Approx. 3.45m x 1.95m (11’4” x 6’6”)


Approx. 2.45m x 2.25m (8’ x 7’4”)

Shower Room

Approx. 2.7m x 1.7m (8’9” x 5’6”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1 (right)

Overall approx. 3.95m x 3.6m inc. cupboard (floor area) (13’ x 11’10”)

Bedroom 2 (left)

Approx. 3.65m x 3.3m (floor area) (12’ x 10’10”)


Immediately in front of the house is a stone flagged seating area well-placed to enjoy the sunny aspect and views, and beyond that is a mature, fenced garden area well-stocked with plants and shrubbery, a raised vegetable plot, fruit cage plus a small galvanised garden / fuel store / shed. Access to the house is over a track from the road which runs through the croft land to a large parking area to the side of the house.

The Croft

The owner-occupied registered croft is estimated to extend to around 5.5 hectares (13.6 acres) or thereby comprising areas 1, 2 & 3 as shown on the plan. This includes the site of the house and its immediate garden area which remains part of the croft but could be decrofted prior to sale if required. Area 1 stretches westwards down the hill from the house and includes several fenced parks plus an area of wetland at the foot of the hill. Area 2 is immediately behind the house and runs up to the road. Area 3 is behind the house on the other side of the road.

There are a number of modern agricultural buildings on the croft comprising:-


(Approx. 21m x 4.75m) Substantial block-built general purpose shed behind the house, with two stable door entrances, power / lighting, and yard area between it and the house.

Chicken shed / Tractor shed

(Approx. 4.75m x 2.95m) Further shed to the south side of the byre with double stable door entrance.

Shed / Workshop

(Overall approximately 8.5m x 4.65m) Another block-built general purpose shed on the other side of the access track, part of which has been partitioned off to provide a workshop area (approx. 4.05m x 2.35m). Power (internal & external) & lighting.

Potting Shed / Greenhouse

(Approximately 4.25m x 2.65m) Also block built.

There is also a further separate outbuilding although this requires attention.

The croft is registered and therefore subject to regulation by the Crofting Commission. Prospective purchaser requiring further information in this regard should discuss this with their own agents or contact the Crofting Commission at Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW. Further information on crofting is also available on the Commission's website at

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: D (55)

Property Location

To reach the property drive north from the ferry terminal for approximately 2 miles. The property is situated on the left hand side of the road; there is a white oval sign on the roadside at the top of the track down to the house.

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