Marrats Houl, The Westing, Uyeasound, Unst, ZE2 9DW

Under offer
Key Details

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Energy Efficiency:


Council Tax:

Band A


Under offer


Living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom & hallway.


Detached stone-built cottage in attractive, remote yet accessible setting close to the shore at The Westing on the west side of Unst, Britain's most northerly inhabited island.

The property enjoys stunning panoramic views westwards over the bay and the four holms (little islands) of The Vere, Brough, Round & Lang, towards the neighbouring island of Yell and out to sea.

The accommodation comprises a living room, kitchen, bedroom & bathroom, with heating provided by electric storage heaters plus solid-fuel fires in the living room & kitchen. It has been used for many years as holiday accommodation but would perhaps benefit from some modernisation if to be occupied on a permanent basis, which is reflected in the price, but nonetheless provides a charming little property in this lovely location.

Unst in connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day via the neighbouring island of Yell. The island has stunning scenery, many places of interest and a good range of amenities including several shops and a leisure centre / swimming pool.

General Information

'Marrats Houl' is situated in a lovely location close to the shore on the west coast of the island of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

The Shetland Islands are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, located approximately 100 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. There are over 100 islands of which 12 are inhabited.

The islands, which are home to around 22,000 people, provide a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic and unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife. They are linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries (, whilst Loganair ( & Flybe ( operate direct flights to Sumburgh from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.

Unst is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from Belmont at the south end of the island (approx. 5 miles from the house) via the neighbouring island of Yell (approx. 10 minute crossing to Yell; approx. 20 minute crossing from Yell to mainland Shetland).

The island provides a great 'get-away-from-it-all- location with has lots to offer bird and wildlife enthusiasts, great walks, and many places of interest, in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Keen of Hamar Reserve, fine beaches at Norwick, Skord & Westing, Muckle Flugga, Muness Castle and the Unst Boat Haven & Heritage Centre. island also has the highest density of rural Viking sites anywhere, including Scandinavia, there being several sites of interest close to the house, and interesting geology and plant life.

Amenities on the island are situated at Baltasound, the main population centre about 7 miles north of 'Marrats Houl', where a good range of local amenities can be found, these exceeding what might usually be expected for an island of this size in such a remote location, and including a school, leisure centre / swimming pool, several local shops (one with fuel), a post office, garage & marina.



(Approx. 3.7m x 2.9m) (12'2" x 9'7") The front door opens to the kitchen which features an exposed stone wall with fireplace surround housing a solid-fuel stove although there is also a storage heater. There is space for a small table & chairs, a 'Belfast' style sink below the window, and the freestanding cooker which has a cooker hood over, and fridge / freezer are included in the sale. Clothes pulley over the fireplace. A doorway to the right leads to the living room; to the left through a second low doorway (height 1.36m (4'6")) is a passageway to the bathroom and bedroom.

Living Room

(Approx. 3.25m x 2.9m) (10'8" x 9'7") Cosy room with windows to the front and rear, an exposed stone wall at one end, this time housing a working open fire, although again there is a storage heater.


Off the kitchen and lit by a Velux window, with recess with plumbing for a washing machine, storage heater and pine doors to the bathroom & bedroom.


(Approx. 2.55m x 1.65m) (8'5" x 5'4") With three piece suite, built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank, heated towel rail & Velux window.


(Approx. 2.9m x 2.8m) (9'6" x 9'2") Small double room with window to the front of the house.


The site measures 102ft x 62ft. A small seating area in front the house, laid with stones and enclosed by a wooden fence, provides a great place to sit and enjoy the stunning views.

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: F(34)

Property Location

Details of the ferry service to Unst can be found at Bookings can be made by calling 01595 745804. Once on the island, to reach the house drive north from the ferry along the main A968 road. Pass the two junctions to Uyeasound to the right and take the first left to Westing. Follow the road past the junction to Lund to the left, almost to the end, and turn right to Newgord.

Continue up and around to the left until you reach a large cream coloured timber clad property currently under construction. Just past that house to the left and accessed via a metal agricultural gate signposted for 'Da Fustra', is an unsurfaced shared track which leads down past another smaller wooden house and through a second gate to 'Marrats Houl'.

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