Key details

Tenancy of Ure Croft, Eshaness, ZE2 9RS
Offers over £150,000
By arrangement

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 2 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: A


For sale, the tenant's interest in Ure, Eshaness, a 20+ hectare (51 acre), registered croft complete with detached two bedroom croft house and a range of outbuildings set in a particularly scenic, unspoilt area of the North Mainland of Shetland well known for its dramatic and rugged cliff scenery. Lerwick approximately 40 miles.

The house which faces south is situated away from other properties at the end of a side road and surrounded by the croftland which extends down to the shore to the north. The modernised, double glazed accommodation comprises an attractively fitted kitchen / diner, bedroom & shower room on the ground floor, plus a living room & second bedroom on the first floor. There is a range of outbuildings by the house including a large detached store, a renovated studio building, and several other sheds, and there are three shares in the common grazing.

This property offers a fantastic lifestyle opportunity with plenty of scope for self-sufficiency.

Please note that this is a croft tenancy. The purchaser of the property will become the registered tenant of the land which includes the site of the house. If you have any queries regarding any aspect of crofting contact the Crofting Commission at:- or discuss with your own agent.

Photos taken 2018.


The croft of 'Ure' is situated in the particularly scenic area of Eshaness, in the Northmavine area of Shetland approximately 15 miles north of Brae, and 40 miles from Lerwick. Eshaness is a particularly unspoilt area well known for its dramatic and rugged cliff scenery with great walks along the cliff tops by the lighthouse.

There is a summer cafe and campsite at Braewick about two miles from the house with other amenities being available at nearby Hillswick (approximately 6 miles) where there is a community owned licensed shop which also has a part-time post office branch and sells fuel, a health centre and hotel.

On the road back towards Lerwick at Urafirth is the area's primary school, there being another school and also another shop at Ollaberry.  Brae, the main population centre for the North Mainland area, is the location of the area's High School, swimming pool & leisure centre, another health centre, a Co-op mini-supermarket, garage services and various additional social & recreational activities.

The Croft

The registered croft forms part of the Busta Estate, the landlord being Shetland Islands Council, the annual rent currently paid being £114.

The croft is estimated to extend in total (including the site of the house) to just over 20 hectares or thereby (51 acres) as shown on the attached plan (not to scale). The site of the house is marked. There are three shares in the North and South Eshaness & Tangwick Common Grazing. No stock is included in the sale.

This is a registered croft and therefore subject to crofting tenure. An Assignation of the tenancy will require the approval of the Crofting Commission. Prospective purchasers requiring more information in this regard should contact the Crofting Commission at 4/6 Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EQ or discuss with their own agents. Additional information on crofting is available on the Crofting Commission website at:-


A tarred road leads right up to the house, the gated access opening to the immediate garden area surrounding the house which provides parking and access to the croft. A path leads past a pleasant south-facing seating area to the front door of the house with a grassed area in front.

There is a range of outbuildings close by the house, several of which have been upgraded by the current owners. There are other roofless stone buildings that could possibly be brought back into use. The outbuildings include:-


(Approx. 5.9m x 5.85m) (19'6" x 19'3") Substantial detached store next to the house which has been re-clad with timber and a new roof covering fitted in 2013.

Studio / Hobby Space

(Approx. 6.15m x 2.65m) (20'3" x 8'8") This stone-built shed has recently been renovated including a new rubber tile roof covering, new Velux windows, re-lining and insulation. It has power & lighting and provides a great studio or hobby space or could perhaps be used as an office. Adjacent to it is a roofless former byre (originally a croft house), presently used as sheltered vegetable plot, and next to that is a detached, very productive greenhouse (approx. 6.4m x 2.6m) (21' x 8'6") with clear corrugated plastic roof and water supply, and further raised vegetable plot to one side.

Close by is a further collection of outbuildings including a small store (approx. 4.1m x 2.4m) (13'6" x 7'10"), hen house (approx. 5.7m x 3.7m) (18'9" x 12') , further store / byre to one side (approx. 6m x 2.6m) (19'8" x 8'6"), and finally to the rear is a quad store (approx. 4.7m x 2.9m) (15'6" x 9'6").

There is a substantial stone dyked garden area to the south of the house and various fenced yards. On the north side of the house is a further park, again enclosed by a stone dyke, which houses the derelict shell of a never completed 1950's house.

Note as this is a tenancy and therefore not mortgageable, cash only offers can be considered.

The House

The croft house comprises a kitchen, bedroom, shower room & porch on the ground floor, plus a living room and second bedroom on the first floor, all the main rooms having windows to the south. The exterior was renovated around 2001 including re-roofing and new double glazed windows and Velux roof lights. Since the current owners purchase about 14 years ago, they have since completely re-fitted the kitchen and upgraded the remainder of the interior.


On the Ground Floor:-

Porch / Hallway
Entry to the property is via a porch with two windows to the front of the house below which is a worktop with sink unit and space below for a washing machine & tumble dryer. The tiled floor extends into the hallway which leads through to the kitchen, shower room and a ground floor double bedroom.

Kitchen / Diner
(Approx. 3.65m x 3.6m) (12' x 11'10") Attractive country style fitted kitchen with space for a small table and chairs in the centre and cream coloured units finished off by solid wood block worktops. On the far wall a range of units including an integral oven & hob and a couple of glazed cabinets with integral spotlighting are arranged around an oil-fired 'Rayburn' which provides additional cooking facilities and also supplies hot water and two radiators upstairs. Opposite a further run of units houses an integral dishwasher, fridge & freezer plus a 'Belfast' sink with open display shelving over. Ceiling beams add character. Tiled floor

Shower Room
(Approx. 2.4m x 1m + shower) (7'10" x 3'4") Wet-wall lined shower with white WC & wash hand basin, a solid wood shelf either side of the w.h.b. providing space for toiletries etc. The wet room style shower has an electric shower. Tiled floor & heated towel rail / radiator.

Bedroom 1
(Approx. 3.6m x 2.7m) (11'10" x 9') Again with exposed beams, this is a carpeted double room again with fitted cupboard space below the window. The bedroom furniture can remain if required.

On the First Floor:-

The wood-lined stair leads up to two coomb ceilinged rooms, a living room with second double bedroom off.

Living Room
(Overall approx. 5.4m x 3.7m (floor area)) (17'8" x 12'2") Again an attractive space, lit by three Velux windows, with solid wood flooring and heated by a radiator supplied by the 'Rayburn'. At the far end there are two built-in cupboards either side of a fireplace with pine mantelpiece and slate hearth.

Bedroom 2
(Approx. 3.7m x 3.15m (floor area)) (12' x 10'3") Second double bedroom with fitted carpet, Velux window and radiator supplied by the 'Rayburn'.

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.

Property location

To reach the property take the main A970 road to Hillswick. Shortly after Urafirth turn right to Eshaness and follow the road for approximately 4 miles passing the cafe & campsite at Braewick. Shortly after the junction for the pier and Tangwick Haa, turn right to 'Leascole', cross the cattle grid and fork right, then immediately turn left down to 'Ure' which is the property at the bottom of the road closest to the shore.

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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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Tenancy of Ure Croft, Eshaness, ZE2 9RS

For further information or to view please telephone the sellers direct on 07474 383 620 or 07851 635 400.