The island of Bressay, half a mile across the harbour, offers a complete contrast to the bustle of Lerwick, and the sheltered visitor berth in the marina at the Voe of Leiraness is easy of access. Nearby, The Northern Lights Holistic Spa serves delicious lunches and evening meals, and the islands offers some fine hill and coast walking.
There is also a secluded anchorage in the north of the island at Aith Voe.
East of Bressay is the National Nature Reserve island of Noss, which has a daytime anchorage at Nesti Voe. Arriving at Noss by boat is one of the most spectacular wildlife sights anywhere. The mile-long sandstone cliffs have weathered to provide many thousands of nesting ledges and, at the peak of the breeding season, the deafening chorus of around 150,000 birds and chicks is unforgettable - as is the smell of the guano which stains the cliffs white!
Warning - The bird cliffs on the east side of Noss are just off the edge of the detailed chart and, although the water is mostly deep, there are several dangerous reefs. Yacht skippers should take local advice before approaching the cliffs.