Tresta Beach is a long white sand beach in Fetlar with stunning cliffs at the south end.  This pretty, easy access beach is in a calm shallow cove making it ideal for families.  Just behind the beach is Papil Water, a fresh water loch which is available for seasonal trout fishing.  There is an annual outdoor event held at the beach called the Fetlar Foy, this is normally held around the summer solstice when the sun never sets.


One of the strange features of Fetlar is a huge wall that goes across the island known as the Funzie Girt or Finnigirt Dyke. It is thought to date from the Mesolithic period. So sharp was the division between the two halves of the island, that the Norse talked of East and West Isle separately. 

Another attraction on the island is the Gothic Brough Lodge, built by Arthur Nicolson in about 1820, and which is undergoing restoration by the Brough Lodge Trust. 

Natural Space

Tresta is a beautiful long white sand beach with stunning cliffs towards the south end. This sheltered, easy access beach is in a calm shallow cove. Just behind the beach is Papil Water, a fresh water loch that is available for seasonal trout fishing 


A fine sandy beach on the south coast of the island of Fetlar in Shetland, the Sands of Tresta (or Tresta Beach) lies at the head of the Wick of Tresta. The simple Fetlar Kirk (1790) sits just behind the beach.

Getting There 

The nearest settlement to Tresta Beach is Houbie.  From Lerwick take the A970 North and follow sign posts to the North Isles Ferry Terminal at Toft.  Take the ferry from Toft to the Island of Yell, follow the A968 through Yell from Ulsta to the Gutcher Ferry Terminal for a second ferry to Fetlar.  From the Ferry Terminal at Hamars Ness follow the B9088, this is a single track road with plenty of passing places.  Take the third turning on the right to Tresta, then the first right down to the beach.  Parking is available next to the Fetlar church.  Foot access to the beach is available through the gate in the car park.  There is a daily bus service from Lerwick to the Fetlar ferry terminal and a bus service runs in Fetlar from Monday-Saturday but this must be booked the day before, see www.shetland.gov.uk/transport for details.  The ferry service to the Islands runs throughout the day, for further details see the local inter-island ferry timetable or visit the website above.

Water quality information

This beach is not a designated bathing water site. Bathing water quality is not monitored at this site.

Contact details

Fetlar Community Council
01595 744 810
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