Key details

Old Post Office, Gutcher, Yell, ZE2 9DF
2 reception rooms • kitchen / dining room • 5 bedrooms • 3 bath / shower rooms (one en-suite) • office / work room & utility area • outbuildings including boat shed / garage, shed / workshop & potting shed
Offers over £160,000
By arrangement.

  • receptions 2 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 3 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: A
  • Energy Efficiency: G (16)


Substantial, stone-built, detached property with up to five bedrooms, set in 0.57 acres overlooking the small ferry terminal at Gutcher at the north end of the island of Yell, and enjoying superb views across Bluemull Sound to the neighbouring island of Unst to the front, and over the garden and a small loch to the rear. Included in the sale are several outbuildings including a boat shed.

The accommodation comprises a living / dining room, three bedrooms, two shower rooms (one en-suite), a utility area and office / work room on the ground floor, plus a living room, kitchen / dining room, two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The property has for many years provided B & B accommodation, presently with three letting rooms on the ground floor, and owner’s accommodation upstairs. One ground floor room which has an en-suite, can be combined with the living / dining room to form a separate unit with its own entrance. There is considerable scope to develop the B & B side, alternatively the house would provide a sizeable family home.

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

General Information

‘The Old Post Office’ is situated at Gutcher 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 only measuring around 19 miles long by 7 miles wide, and having a population of around 900, 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, the closest amenities to the property being at Cullivoe about 3 miles to the north, where there is a local shop, RS Henderson’s, a licensed general merchants & post office, a village hall and fuel pumps by the galley shed. The property is however only about 8 miles from Mid-Yell, the main population centre on the island and the location of the main amenities including the Junior High School (secondary education to year 4), a leisure centre with swimming pool, and medical centre. There is another shop at Aywick at the south end of the island.

Yell has great scenery and walks, several beautiful beaches including at West Sandwick and Sands of Breckon, and there is an abundance of bird and other wildlife interest, with nature reserves at Lumbister (RSPB), the Yell Sound Islands and the island of Hascosay. Yell is also one of the best places for seeing otters.

Yell is connected to mainland Shetland via regular ro-ro ferry service (crossing time approximately 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 terminal at Gutcher by the house connect Yell with the islands of Unst & Fetlar.

Further information on the island of Yell can be found at:-

The Shetland Islands are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom being located approximately 100 miles north of mainland Scotland (Shetland is actually closed to Bergen in Norway than Edinburgh) and 200 miles west of Bergen. There are over 100 islands of which 15 are inhabited, Shetland 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 has been used as B & B accommodation for many years, the current owners providing such accommodation since 2014. Being situated by the ferry terminal, the location is a perfect base from which to explore not only the island of Yell itself, but also Unst and Fetlar

The first floor is presently used as owner’s accommodation, the three bedrooms on ground floor being used for B & B accommodation. One of the rooms which has its own large living / dining room and an en-suite shower room, has its own separate entrance creating a self-contained unit which can be shut off from the remainder of the house.

It is thought there is considerable scope for developing the B & B use. Considerable press coverage and TV exposure in recent years, in particular the ‘Shetland’ TV detective series and numerous wildlife programmes, has made the islands an increasingly popular and well-known visitor destination.

Alternatively the property would suite use as a large family home, perhaps with up to four bedrooms whilst still allowing the large living room and adjoining bedroom on the ground floor to be let out as B & B accommodation.

The property is generally double glazed and heated by a mix of electric storage (those in the large living room downstairs and the kitchen upstairs being the latest Dimplex Quantum units) / panel heaters, supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the living room. Some works of repair and general maintenance / upgrading are required which is reflected in the price but nonetheless the property offers huge potential. There is also potential to extend the property to the rear although this would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard. The property is generally double glazed and heated by a mix of electric storage (those in the large living room downstairs and the kitchen upstairs being the latest Dimplex Quantum units) / panel heaters, supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the living room. Some works of repair and general maintenance / upgrading are required which is reflected in the price but nonetheless the property offers huge potential. There is also potential to extend the property to the rear although this would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

Note there is a Grade B listed working telephone box situated on the land to the front of the house although this is in the ownership of BT.


There are two entrances to the property, the main door to the left opening to a small lobby with stair to the first floor and archway to a hallway leading through to a utility room and a passage to two bedrooms and a shower room, a shelved cupboard providing space for linens etc. A further glazed door off the lobby to the right leads to the remaining ground floor accommodation comprising a large living / dining room with further en-suite double bedroom off. This side of the property which has its own second entrance, can be closed off from the rest of the house to provide a self-contained unit.

The living / dining room is a very generously proportioned space with window to the front of the house, an exposed stone wall, extensive use of pine tongue and groove paneling, and varnished floorboards being attractive features. The adjoining wood-lined double bedroom again with varnished floorboards, also looking out to the front of the property. A built-in cupboard houses the mains pressure ‘Megaflo’ hot water tank. Off the bedroom is a tiled wet-room style en-suite shower room with shower, WC and wash hand basin.

Back off the main entrance lobby a passage leads to a shower room with electric shower, WC & wash hand basin, and two painted, wood clad single bedrooms, the one to the left enjoying a dual-aspect, the one on the right having a window facing west and looking out over the garden. Finally there is a utility area behind the stairs which provides some kitchen facilities with fitted units including an integral gas hob and plumbing for a washing machine, with doors to a west-facing office / work room, and the back garden.

The stair leads up to a landing lit by two roof lights, with doors to all first floor rooms. To the left is a living room and double bedroom; to the right is another bedroom, a bathroom and kitchen / dining room. The main living room is a good-sized room clad entirely with pine ‘v’-lining, the window enjoying the view to the front of the property, extensive shelving along one wall providing plenty of space for books etc. The fireplace houses a working solid-fuel stove although there is also a panel heater. Varnished floorboards. Next to the living room is a carpeted double bedroom, also front-facing, with wash hand basin and storage recess off.

The accommodation to the right comprises a small, ‘L’-shaped bedroom, part lined with pine, a tiled bathroom with three piece suite including bath with electric shower over, and finally at the end is the large kitchen / dining room. The kitchen area which has a window looking out over to the ferry, has fitted units including a double bowl sink & drainer, integral electric double oven and gas hob, plus plumbing for a dishwasher. The living / dining area to the other side of the room enjoys a west-facing aspect.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

On the Ground Floor

On the right:-

Living / Dining Room

4.9m x 4.75m (16’ x 15’8)

Bedroom 1

3.35m x 2.75m (11’ x 9’)

En-suite Shower Room

2.7m x 1m (9’ x 3’4”)

On the left:-

Shower Room

2.7m x 1.55m (8’10” x 5’2”)

Bedroom 2

‘L’-shaped room 2.65m x 2.55m at widest points (8’9” x 8’6”)

Bedroom 3

2.65m x 2m (8’8” x 6’6”)

Work Room / Office

2.8m x 2.05m at widest points (9’2” x 6’8”)

On the First Floor

Living Room

4.65m x 4.25m (15’3” x 13’10”)

Kitchen / Dining Room

4.8m x 4.3m (15’8” x 14’)

Bedroom 4

3.55m x 2.75m (11’9” x 9’)

Bedroom 5

‘L’-shaped room 3.5m x 3.45m at widest points (11’6” x 11’3”)


1.75m x 1.45m (5’9” x 4’9”)


As noted the overall site (excluding the boat shed) is estimated to extent to around 0.57 acres or thereby, offering plenty of scope for growing your own produce, keeping poultry etc., or perhaps erecting a polytunnel. The site includes the forecourt in front of the building, a fenced triangular area to the north, plus the main garden area and further small park behind the house to the south and west.

Also included is a large stone-built boat shed and the triangular area of ground in front of it, which lies to the north of the property by the shore, the shed measuring approximately 9.1m x 3.1m (30’ x 10’4”) with garage doors at one end, plus an attached timber framed and clad shed / workshop (approx. 4.85m x 2.65m (16’ x 8’8”)) with power & lighting, to the north side of the house.

Pedestrian and vehicular gates provide access to the large area of ground to the rear which includes the immediate main garden area which is enclosed by fencing and a stone dyke, the area comprising an area of lawn and a small pond feature, with cold water tap outside the back door. At the end of the potting shed (approx. 4.9m x 2.3m (16’ x 7’6”)) is a small chapel space which provides a quiet place to sit and enjoy the view over the small loch to the rear of the property. Two areas of ground along the side of the main garden area have been planted with a number of trees and shrubs.

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 Shetland Island Council’s website at:

The boat shed is commercially rated with a Rateable Value of £140 however the current owners qualify for 100% relief under a Shetland Islands Council rates relief scheme.

Property location

The property is situated by the small ferry terminal at Gutcher towards the north end of Yell, approximately 18 miles from Ulsta and ferries to Mainland Shetland.


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.

Harper Macleod were a dream to work with when marketing our home. Robert Bell was professional, timely and organised when it came to all aspects of the marketing and correspondence. He took beautiful photographs for marketing and we felt he really understood our proprieties best features and exemplified this. We would not hesitate to use Harper Macleod again in the future and cannot thank them enough for making the selling process so easy
Mr & Mrs Sjoberg
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