About Out Skerries
Its quailty not quantiy.

Around 40 people live on the two main islands – Housay and Bruray – that comprise the Out Skerries, just east of the main Shetland Islands group. (A third island, Grunay currently uninhabited.) The two islands are linked by a bridge and boast a simple life with just 2 shops, an airstrip, a church, and a community hall where the famous Skerries dances are held (especially for the celebration for the annual Lerwick to Skerries Yacht Race held in August). One of the Out Skerries’ claim to fame is wildlife with frequent sightings of rare birds.

We dont have bad weather ... your just wearing the wrong cloths

About our weather: Lovely windy days happen any time of year on the Out Skerries, through mild or wild wintry hurricanes pounding the rocky beaches, sunny springs and summers, and an overall lower-than-average rainfall. Most precipitation occurs in the winter months (and even our snow doesn’t usually last long!). The Out Skerries’ amazing natural harbour is protected on all sides so the lagoon is calm in otherwise violent storms. It’s like a bit of a miracle! Thanks to the sea, temperatures are fairly constant, with Februarys being the coldest.  April to August are the sunniest months on the Out Skerries.

Something special awaits you here on Out Skerries

About our island: The air is fresh, the freedom incomparable, and the small population of people gives safety and seclusion on our treeless island. The population of wildlife and wildflowers is spectacular, unusual migratory birds off course land here, it is known as a birder’s paradise, and Orca whales feed on seals that lie on our shores. Nearby, see the imposing lighthouse built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s uncle in the 1850s. Drive just a mile of paved road; you might just want to walk or bike around the island. The Out Skerries is not about doing, but your BEING. There couldn’t be a better place to get reacquainted with yourself and discover your hidden best, or simply enjoy tranquility inside a beautiful place with interesting weather on the outside. Because of the centuries of wealth earned from the sea coupled with the difficulties for sailors and their ships of traversing over breathtaking rocks and through challenging climate, sunken ships (and their accompanying treasures) have left a legacy that is romantic to visitors and valuable to residents. For example, wood salvaged from the North Wind in 1906 was used for wood floors in every house, at that time, on Out Skerries!