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House and Crofts: Hooplees, Fethaland, Largarth and Houllsquoy

PriceOffers in the region of £595,000
AddressShetland Isles, ZE2 9RY
TypeResidential House and Croft Land

Rare and exciting opportunity to acquire this unique 130 Ha approx. croft together with a large 4 bedroomed family home in North Roe, Shetland’s most northerly village.

The croft land includes Fethaland, which is the north most tip of the Shetland mainland. This property consists of five parts as follows: (1) the family home; (2) Fethaland (owner occupied croft); (3) Hooplees (tenanted croft); (4) Largarth (tenanted croft); and (5) Houllsquoy (tenanted croft).

The seller’s preference would be to sell all units as one; however he may consider selling the units separately. Fethaland is known for its incredible scenery, and maritime and Viking history, and along with the other crofts would be ideal for someone looking to experience rural living in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the UK.


Hooplees, North Roe, Shetland ZE2 9RY

Hooplees is a detached 1½ storey family house featuring 4 large bedrooms, one with en-suite, and an abundance of storage space. The property is in move-into condition with an extensive driveway with room for several vehicles, and large front and rear gardens.

Situated in an elevated, north east facing position, the property benefits from light throughout the day and early evening, with beautiful sea and countryside views.

The sale of Hooplees includes all fixtures, fittings and white goods. Most furniture in the property is also available by separate negotiation with the seller.

Hooplees is a 5 minute drive from Isbister, where the track to Fethaland begins. The property is situated just half a mile away from the North Roe Primary School. There is also a post office and shop located 7 miles south of the family home in the village of Ollaberry. The house is situated approximately 15 miles north of Brae, making it within easy commuting distance of the village and nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.

The closest amenities to Hooplees are in Brae, the main population centre for the north mainland of Shetland. The village has a high school with nursery, primary and secondary departments, a health centre including a dental suite, care centre, hotel, a community hall, youth club, fish and chip shop, Indian take-away, hairdresser and public house to name but a few. There is also a small boat marina and boating club, garage with shop and fuel pumps, a supermarket and a Builder’s merchants.


Hooplees Croft*

The Hooplees croft is a registered tenanted croft extending to 5 hectares approx. which surrounds the family home at Hooplees. There are various agricultural buildings located on the croft, including a 60’ x 40’ general purpose shed and a 20’ by 30’ stable. There is also a small polytunnel and dog kennels. There are also two apportionments, one being located directly west of the croft land extending to 10.35 hectares or thereby and the other being located just south of Fethaland which extends to 7.36 hectares or thereby. The croft also benefits from a share in the North Roe West Scattald and a share in the North Roe East Scattald. The croft land has been significantly improved over the years, as can be seen from the photographs. It is mostly used for sheep grazing; however there is a silage park located to the north and east of the family home.



This owner occupied registered croft extends to 98.2 hectares and forms the peninsula at the most northerly tip of mainland Shetland. There is a track leading to the croft from the end of the public road, which is accessible with 4×4 vehicles. It is one of Shetland’s most popular sites with both locals and tourists alike. Although now uninhabited, Fethaland has a long history of human settlement, spanning from prehistoric times right up until the twentieth century, when the fishing station, established during the 15th and 16th centuries, became redundant.

The croft has a right in the North Roe West Scattald.

An idyllic location for countryside and coastal exploring, Fethaland is as interesting as it is beautiful. As well as the fascinating ‘haaf’ fishing station, there is a large oval prehistoric house situated on the lowest part of the peninsula and on the east side of the Isle of Fethaland you can find oval shapes carved into the soapstone cliffs, which are evidence of bowls from Shetland’s Viking past. The fishing station and prehistoric house at Fethaland are Scheduled Monuments.

The circular walk into Fethaland from the track beginning at Isbister is a popular one, and takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Please visit the below links for additional information on the area:

Part of Fethaland is a registered Site of Scientific Interest. Further information can be exhibited to interested parties.


Largarth Croft*

This registered tenanted croft is located approximately 1 mile from the family home and extends to 4.9 hectares or thereby. The croft is used primarily for sheep grazing. There is an apportionment which is located just south of the Upper Loch of Setter and extends to 8 hectares or thereby. The apportioned area has not been fenced and the seller takes no responsibility for walls, fences, gates or any other boundary features in respect of this apportionment. There is also a hill right to the North Roe West Scattald and a share in the North Roe Common Outrun.


Houllsquoy Croft*

This tenanted croft extends to 8 hectares.


* The assignation of the registered tenanted crofts, including the apportionments, will be subject to the consent of the Crofting Commission.



To arrange a viewing telephone 01806 533325 or 07810 121705.

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