Caravanning and camping in Shetland 2020
by Promote Shetland -
As visitors and islanders get out and about across Shetland, we’ve had a few enquiries asking which campsites are open for business and the facilities available. Here’s a quick round-up…
Gardiesfauld Hostel, Caravan and Campsite
Uyeasound, Unst, Shetland ZE2 9DW
Beachside pitches are available to visitors hoping to explore the UK’s most northerly isle, including the Hermaness National Nature Reserve. But, please note, there are a few changes this year: the site is open to motorhome and caravan hook-ups only and must be booked in advance. The toilet block remains shut so, for the time being, they can’t accommodate tents and the hostel is also closed for the season. For more information and to book, email email@example.com, or call 01957 755279.
Burravoe Pier Trust Caravan and Campsite
Burravoe, Yell, Shetland ZE2 9AY
Yell is a great place for coastal walking and rewards those interested in history, archaeology, arts and crafts. The Burravoe site lies just above a marina and offers eight fully serviced caravan bays as well as space for tents. The site is open for business and no booking is required. All pitches come with electric hook-up and are offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 01957 722315 or 01957 722355.
Braewick Café and Caravan Park
Braewick, Eshaness, Shetland ZE2 9RS
The site at Braewick is a great base for adventures to Eshaness, Uyea, Fethaland and Ronas Hill, and there are superb sea views to the sea stacks known as the Drongs. The site is open this year but for self-contained campervans and motorhomes only; no tents are allowed. The toilet facilities are open for guests staying at the site’s Wigwams only. For more information and booking availability, visit the website.
Delting Boating Club Caravan Park
Hillswick Road, Brae, Shetland ZE2 9QG
The district of Delting is a bustling gateway to Northmavine and the town of Brae has a supermarket and places to eat. The site is open for business but the toilet and shower block remain closed, so you need to have self-contained facilities. Visit the website for more information and booking details.
Levenwick, Shetland ZE2 9HZ
Situated in the South Mainland, Levenwick is an ideal spot to base yourself for exploration of Mousa Broch, St Ninian’s Isle and Sumburgh Head. The campsite overlooks the white sands of Levenwick Bay. The campsite is open but with a reduced capacity of three caravans/motorhomes and six tents. Toilets and shower facilities are available. Please note that booking is essential, and campers without a prior booking will not be accommodated. Visit the website for booking information.
Skeld Caravan Park and Campsite
Harbour View, Westerskeld, Skeld, Shetland ZE2 9NL
This is a great campsite for exploring the Westside of Shetland, including Sand, Westerwick, Culswick and Reawick. The site is currently open to caravans and motorhomes with self-contained facilities, but not for tents as the toilet block and facilities are closed. To book, call 01595 860287, and for more information, visit the website.
Cunningsburgh Touring Park
Greenmow, Cunningsburgh, Shetland ZE2 9HG
Cunningsburgh Touring Park, in the South Mainland, sits snugly alongside a small quiet marina, on the sheltered east shore of Aithsvoe. It is open for caravans and motorhomes, but please note that the amenities building remains closed. Fees are £10 per night, including electric hook-up. For booking enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07470899605. For more information, visit the website.
Bridgend Outdoor Centre and Caravan Park
Bridge End, Burra, Shetland ZE2 9LE
East and West Burra offer outstanding scenery and two beautiful beaches at Meal in the north and Minn in the south. Bridgend is a picturesque and convenient place to explore Shetland’s Central Mainland. The Outdoor Centre is still closed but the caravan park is open, as long as you have your own facilities. There are no toilets or showers open on-site. Visit the website for more details. For booking enquiries, email email@example.com or call 01595 859486.
South Nesting Caravan Park
This volunteer-run site will remain closed for the 2020 season.
Away from these licensed caravan and camping sites, wild camping in a tent (but not in a vehicle) is legal on most unenclosed land, provided you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. When close to a settlement, it’s courteous to enquire at the nearest house. If you want to use facilities on an official site, you should offer payment. The Shetland Islands Council also ask that you please wild camp for no more than 2-3 nights in one location and avoid fields with crops, livestock or nesting bird colonies.
Shetland has a range of camping bods (former fishermen’s storage buildings) dotted around the islands, which are run by Shetland Amenity Trust. All of the bods remain closed for the 2020 season.