Key details

Pierhead Restaurant & Bar Premises, Lower Voe, Voe, ZE2 9PX
On application
By arrangement.

  • Energy Efficiency: To be confirmed


Long established country bar and restaurant premises situated in a good central Shetland position in the picturesque setting of Lower Voe enjoying fine views along the voe of Olna Firth. Lerwick 18 miles.

As well as being positioned to serve the immediate local area, the premises, which are situated next to the local pier and marina, are well placed to serve visitors en-route for the North Mainland and the North Isles.

The premises extend to around 206m² comprising the main bar area, a function room, kitchen and store facilities on the ground floor, plus a restaurant area upstairs.

General Information

The 'Pierhead' is situated in a great location at the head of the voe of Olna Firth in the picturesque setting of Lower Voe in the North Central Mainland area of Shetland, the village of Voe lying about 4 miles south of Brae, the main population centre for the area, and 18 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland's capital. The position allows for stunning views along the voe particularly from the upstairs restaurant.

The Shetland Islands themselves lie in the middle of the North Sea about 100 miles north of Mainland Scotland, and are in fact closer to Bergen in Norway than to Edinburgh. Despite the remote 'get-away-from-it-all' location, Mainland Scotland is easily accessible via a daily overnight ferry service operated by Northlink Ferries ( which links Lerwick with Aberdeen & Orkney, whilst Loganair operates regular direct flights from Sumburgh Airport at the very southern tip of Shetland to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.

Spread over 100 islands, 15 of them inhabited, Shetland offers spectacular and unspoilt scenery together with a wide variety of wildlife and other places of historical and archeological interest. Thanks to the oil boom of the 1970's, islanders enjoy a fantastic range of services including a network of leisure centres (there is a swimming pool / leisure centre in nearby Brae), schools (again in Brae) and excellent transport links with a good road and inter-island ferry network.

The business closed in March 2020.


The building, the main part of which is understood to date back to the 1860's, was converted into a bar / restaurant in the mid-1990's, serving both the local community and also visitors to Shetland, the central location making it a handy stop-off point for visitors exploring the island and particularly the north and outer isles.

The substantial premises are estimated to extend in total to around 206m² or thereby comprising the original building which was later converted into two floors, the bar downstairs and the restaurant upstairs, plus a large adjoining function room. In detail the premises comprise:-

On the Ground Floor:-

Entry is via a hallway with the bar to the left, kitchen to the right, and stair at the end to the first floor restaurant area.

Main Bar

(Approx. 7.3m x 6.3m) Large, wood paneled space with windows to the front and bar area in one corner complete with till, glass washer, two double drinks chills and two sinks.


(Approx. 4.6m x 3m) Fully equipped commercial kitchen with two 'Fagor' fryers, oven / hob, dishwasher, sink / wash hand basin and dumb waiter serving the restaurant upstairs. Off the kitchen is a store (approx. 3.6m x 1.5m) with three fridge / freezers, two larder fridges and a separate external access.

Function Room

(Approx. 10.75m x 6.4m) Substantial space with exposed stone walls and 'beamed' ceiling adding character. There is a separate external access to the front, a fire escape to the rear and male / female toilets off.

On the First Floor:-


(Approx. 9m x 5m extending to 6.3m at widest point) With two windows enjoying the great views of the voe, this is another large, mainly wood-lined space with bar, double drinks chill & freezer. Male / female toilets & store off.


Standing area to front providing some parking and also space for outside table & chairs if required. Access to both the bar and the function room.

Rateable Value

The rateable value is understood to currently be £15,000 however Shetland Islands Council currently provides 100% general rates relief (excludes water & sewerage) for small businesses. Prospective purchasers should however check the position by contacting the Council directly.

Property location

To reach the building from the main road north, turn left to Lower Voe on the south side of Voe. Drive through the first group of houses and down towards the shore. Pierhead Restaurant & Bar is situated by the roadside opposite the pier / marina.

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I was really satisfied with the service you provided and would recommend it.
David Coutts
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Pierhead Restaurant & Bar Premises, Lower Voe, Voe, ZE2 9PX
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