Key details

North House, Toab, Virkie, ZE3 9JL
bedroom • living room • kitchenette • bathroom
Under offer
Immediate entry is available on conclusion of legal formalities.

  • receptions1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms1 Bedroom
  • bathrooms1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: A
  • Energy Efficiency: F (22)


One-bedroom, single storey, semi-detached house situated in the village of Toab in the South Mainland of Shetland close to Sumburgh airport.

The accommodation comprises a living room, double bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom, however the property is in poor condition and requires complete renovation.

Externally there is a small garden area.

There are views from the property over to the Pool of Virkie and Sumburgh Head.

General Information

North House is situated in the village of Toab part of the wider Virkie area which lies about three miles south of Dunrossness where the main amenities in the area are located, these including Mainland's mini-supermarket and post office which also has fuel pumps, a small DIY store, and the area's primary school, secondary pupils going to Sandwick or Lerwick. There is a stop on the Lerwick - Sumburgh bus route a short distance from the house on the main road.

There are many places of interest in the South Mainland area including the RSPB Reserve and visitor centre at Sumburgh Head, archaeological sites at Jarlshof and Old Scatness Broch, Quendale Mill, and slightly further afield, a further RSPB reserve at the Loch of Spiggie, and St Ninian's Isle and its stunning tombolo at Bigton.

The Shetland Islands lies in the middle of the North Sea about 100 miles north of mainland Scotland. A daily overnight ferry service operated by Northlink Ferries ( links Shetland with Aberdeen & Orkney, whilst Loganair operates regular flights from Sumburgh airport to Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh & Glasgow (, plus a recently introduced link to London Heathrow via Dundee.

Further information about the wider South Mainland area can be found at:

The property is in poor condition and requires complete renovation. It is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given in respect of any services or contents. Anything currently remaining in the property is included.

Due to the condition of the property, it is not considered mortgageable and therefore cash only offers can be considered.


Entrance is via a door which opens to the hall with doors to all rooms. Immediately on the right is a kitchenette with south-facing window looking out over to the airport and Sumburgh Head in the distance, a sink unit with its own water hot supply, and a built-in cupboard also housing the meters etc.

Down the hall on the right is a double bedroom with a window to the front of the property, a bathroom with bath, WC & wash hand basin and a cupboard housing the hot water tank, and finally the living room which has windows to the front and rear, the front east-facing window enjoying a view over farmland towards the Pool of Virkie and the sea in the distance.

Heating is currently provided by a mix of storage and panel heaters although these have not been tested.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

Living Room

3.55m x 3.05m (11’8” x 10’)


3.6m x 3.55m (11’9” x 11’8”)


2.6m x 2.25 (8’6” x 7’5”)


2.15m x 2.1m (7’ x 7’)


Small garden area to the front plus narrow strip of land to the side and rear allowing for access. The derelict property immediately behind the house is not part of the property.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Council tax bands may be reassessed by the Joint Valuation Board when a property is sold. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on Shetland Island Council’s website at:

Property location

To reach the property approaching from the north, turn right to Toab from the main A970 Lerwick - Sumburgh road on the approach to the airport. Turn left immediately after the fire station, and then first left just after a white painted cottage. Follow the side road past a modern house on the corner; 'North House' is next 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.

We have availed ourselves of services provided by Harper Macleod of Lerwick, both in buying and selling residential property. Our needs on both these occasions were fully met and the service provided by them made our task in these circumstances, seemingly without effort.

Prior to this we had also received very helpful general advice pertaining to Shetland real estate from them. This was a tremendous benefit to us at the time.

If you are seeking cost effective, excellent real estate marketing and legal services, we would not hesitate in recommending Harper Macleod of Lerwick.
David & Jan Elliot
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