Garths Croft Adventures - Explore a working Shetland Croft on the island of Bressay
We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with local crofter, Chris Dyer and are set to offer truly unique guided tours of his traditional working croft on the island of Bressay. Featuring a variety of animals of both Shetland and other heritage breeds, you will have the opportunity to see Shetland sheep in all their natural colours and shades, heritage pigs, turkeys, hens and even his friendly barn cat! This authentically 'Shetland' experience, off the beaten track is set in a stunning rural location just a short ferry journey from Lerwick.
"Crofting is quite unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and in its simplest form, can be described as small-scale subsistence farming. Consisting of a piece of land, with a house and some arable land as well as grazing for several animals. They would have kept sheep, cattle, hens and perhaps pigs and ponies and the crops would have been made up of root vegetables – tatties, carrots and neeps, and grain crops, such as barley (bere) and oats" ~ Laurie Goodlad, Shetland Wool Week Annual 2018
Please get in touch to book a space as numbers and availability are limited. Prior booking is essential.
Tours are priced at £40 pp and will depart from the Bressay ferry terminal at 10am with a return ferry at 1.15, or for those who would like the chance to relax and dine in the historic Maryfield House Hotel, there is a 2pm/3pm ferry option and tables can be reserved to accommodate your group.
These tours are perfectly designed for those who want to get an essence of Shetland's agricultural past and how people like Chris are continuing to use these traditional skills.
** Remember to bring appropriate footwear as this is a working croft and the terrain may by wet, muddy, uneven and/or slippery underfoot! **
Working life on Garths Croft. Photos: Chris Dyer
Views across Noss Sound from Bressay. Photos: Laurie Goodlad