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Sands of Breckon

Sands of Breckon


The Sands of Breckon is a white sand beach in the North of Yell, which has the largest area of shell sand dune and dune grassland in Shetland. This beautiful beach is sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds and provides a wonderful view of the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Traces of Viking and pre-Viking settlements can be found around the beach. The beach is in a rural farming region and access to the beach can be steep in places, but it is well worth the walk.

Water quality is currently untested at Sands of Breckon

Getting There

The nearest village to the Sands of Breckon is Cullivoe in the North East of Yell.  From Lerwick take the A970 North and follow signposts to the North Isles ferry terminal at Toft.  From the ferry, follow the A968 through the Island of Yell, turn left onto the B9083 to Cullivoe (this is a single track road with plenty of passing places) and follow the road signs to Breckon, from there take the signposted walk downhill to the beach.  The route down to the beach is across working farmland and the area is designated an SSSI therefore please stick to this route only.  There is a bus service from Lerwick to Cullivoe which runs several times a day, see local bus timetables or visit for details.  The ferry service to the Island runs throughout the day, for further details see the local inter-island ferry timetable or visit

Contact Details

Yell Community Council
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