Key details

Flat 2, Muckle Flugga Shore Station, Burrafirth, Unst, Shetland, ZE2 9EQ
bed / sitting room • kitchen • bathroom • former interpretative centre comprising three further rooms and separate former toilet block
By arrangement.
Closing date
12:00pm Wednesday 3rd November

  • bedrooms 1 Bedroom
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: A
  • Energy Efficiency: D (61)


Fantastic opportunity to acquire a flat with three additional rooms, forming part of the Grade C listed former Shore Station that served Muckle Flugga Lighthouse, the property being set in a stunning, very scenic location overlooking the voe of Burrafirth at the north end of the island of Unst, Britain's most northerly inhabited island.

The property is situated on the ground floor of a building housing four flats, the accommodation which has oil-fired central heating, currently comprising a bed / sitting room, kitchen and bathroom, plus three further rooms previously used as an interpretive centre. Also included is a separate toilet area which could perhaps be converted into an office space offering a great home / office set-up.

If not used as a permanent home it would make an ideal holiday property given the unique location, particularly as the property lies next to the Hermaness National Nature Reserve and on an island with many other places of interest.

This is a very special interest property in a spectacular location – viewing is essential.

General Information

Flat 2, Muckle Flugga Shore Station is situated in a spectacular shore side location by the Voe of Burrafirth at the north end of the island of Unst, Britain's most northerly inhabited island.

Measuring approximately 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, Unst has a population or around 600 who, in spite of the island's small size and remote 'get-away-from-it-all' location, enjoy an excellent range of amenities far beyond what would normally be expected in such a location, these being mainly based in Baltasound, the main settlement about 5 miles south of the property, these including a Junior High School (primary and secondary schooling to year 4), a superb leisure centre / swimming pool, health centre, several local shops (one with fuel), a post office, garage (with shop & fuel), small hotel & marina. Further amenities are available closer to the property at Haroldswick just 3 miles from the property, where there is a heritage centre, Unst Boat Haven (a small maritime museum dedicated to the traditional small boats of Shetland), and a tearoom.

Unst is renowned for its dramatic coastline and stunning rugged landscape, its Viking heritage and a rich variety of bird and other wildlife, the island (and also Shetland generally) an increasingly popular tourist destination boosted by extensive TV coverage in recent years. There are many places of interest in Unst, in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve (by the property), the Keen of Hamar Reserve, Muckle Flugga Lighthouse, Muness Castle and fine beaches at Norwick, Skaw, Sandwick & Westing, and also the fine sandy beach at the head of Burrafirth Voe within walking distance of the property.

A regular ro-ro ferry service connects Unst with Mainland Shetland, ferries running throughout the day from Belmont at the south end of the island, to Gutcher on the neighbouring island of Yell (10 minute crossing), and from Ulsta at the south end of Yell to Toft on Mainland Shetland (20 minute crossing), Toft being situated about 27 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland's capital which can be reached in around 2½ hours.

Further information about Unst can be found at:-

The Shetland Islands form the most northerly part of the United Kingdom being located approximately 100 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. There are over 100 islands of which 16 are inhabited. Home to around 23,000 people, the islands provide a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Shetland is linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries (, whilst Loganair operates direct flights to the airport at Sumburgh from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow (, islanders currently qualifying for discounted ferry and air fares.

The property forms part of the Grade C listed former lighthouse station which dates from the mid-1850's, the shore station providing accommodation for lighthouse keepers at the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse which lies just off the northern tip of Unst at the north end of the Voe of Burrafirth. The complex comprises the main building with four flats, plus a further detached cottage. Just below the shore station is a slip way.

In addition to the residential accommodation, Flat 2 also includes three rooms which have until recently been used as an interpretive centre. Part of the property is residential, the remainder is commercial assumed to fall under Class 10 Use (Non-residential institutions) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997. Conversion to other uses e.g. wholly residential would therefore require planning permission and a building warrant however residential use would not be expected to be a problem as the original use of the property was residential, however prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the local planning department for further advice. Given the size of the overall building, the property could potentially the property could be converted to provide a two or perhaps even a three bedroom flat.

Also included is the separate former toilet block (all fittings removed) which forms part of a single storey extension to the south side of the main building and has its own separate access. This space which is not situated adjacent to the main part of the property, could potentially be converted for other uses, perhaps as office space, again subject to any necessary consents required. An oil-fired boiler situated in a separate store / boiler room off the toilet block provides central heating to the property. Note the store belongs to one of the other flats, the owner of that property having a right of access through the toilet block to their store, however rights to house the boiler to flat 2 in the store are incorporated in the title deeds.


The entrance to the property is to the north-west side of the building, storm doors and further inner door opening to the former interpretative centre with doors either side to two large northwest-facing rooms, the room on the left measuring approx. 3.9m x 3.45m (12'9" x 11'4"), the larger room to the right which has a cupboard housing a hot water tank, measuring approx. 5.2m x 3.55m (17' x 11'7") and leading through to a further dual-aspect room with windows to the south-east and south-west, this room measuring approx. 4.05m x 2.2m (13'3" x 7'3"), all three rooms having been used as the former interpretative centre.

Back off the lobby a further door leads to the residential accommodation which all looks out to the other south-east side of the building to the voe, and comprises a kitchen, an 'L'-shaped space approx. 3.55m x 3.15m at widest points (11'8" x 10'3") with some fitted units and a shelved cupboard, a bed / sitting room approx. 3.9m x 3.35m (12'10" x 11'), again with a shelved cupboard, and a bathroom approx. 2.4m x 1.85m (8' x 6'). Built-in cupboard off the hall.

Also included is the former toilet block which overall measures approx. 4m x 3.5m (13'2" x 11'6").

Included with the property is a site for a garage being the west most site of the row of garage sites by the south boundary wall of the shore station. It is understood there used to be a timber shed on the garage site.

Council Tax / Rateable Value

The Council Tax for the residential part of the property is understood to currently be Band A. The Rateable Value for the interpretative centre is understood to currently be £2,800. 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:

Property location

To reach the property head north to Haroldswick. Pass the two junctions to Haroldswick and continue on the main road north following signs for the B9086 to Burrafirth. The Shore Station is situated almost at the end of the road. Take the fork right down towards the pier, the access to the shore station is just after 'Shorehaven', a small white building. The access to ground floor Flat 2 is to the north-west side of the building.

Personally I was absolutely delighted with how it was handled from start to finish. Also, As a couple, Beth and myself were hugely impressed with the professionalism, attention to detail and speed your team delivered to us selling both property and buying another.
David Simpson
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Flat 2, Muckle Flugga Shore Station, Burrafirth, Unst, Shetland, ZE2 9EQ