Out Skerries is around 9 miles east of the Shetland Mainland and makes a perfect starting point for the onward voyage to Norway, 164 nautical miles away. The passage to Out Skerries by yacht also provides an ideal opportunity for spotting minke whale and harbour porpoise off the dramatic coastline of cliffs, arches, blow holes, stacks, voes and beaches.
Out Skerries has a small boat marina, pier and a fine anchorage in the natural harbour of Bod Voe. If you wish to tie up, visiting yachts should do so at the pier in the first instance.
There are two shops on the isles, the West Isle Shop (01806 515287), and Alex Humphray & Co. (01806 515226)
For a real flavour of Skerries life, make your visit coincide with the annual eela (rod fishing) competition in July or the yacht race in August, which also feature music, dancing, eating and drinking at the hall, where you will be made more than welcome.
The dramatic scenery, historical interest, outstanding wildlife and, not least, the warm welcome from the 70 inhabitants make a visit to this mini-archipelago unforgettable. Skerries is Shetland in miniture - famous for migrating birds and for 17th Century treasure, such as the wrecks of two Dutch East Indiamen.