Assignation of Croft Tenancy – Backa (otherwise known as Bacca)

West Sandwick, Yell, Shetland, ZE2 9BH

Offers in the region of £65,000

Last update: 3 months ago

A rare opportunity to purchase the assignation of a croft tenancy with a charming 4-bedroomed detached croft house on the island of Yell. The croft is west facing, situated in an elevated position, and enjoys uninterrupted sea views. The croft is also located within walking distance of the beautiful sandy beach at West Sandwick. The traditional 1 ½ storey property features a workshop, store and garage and space for off-road parking. The croft land is approximately 1.45 hectares at the front of the house and extends down to the shore, and 1.14 hectares at the rear. In an idyllic location with souming for 48 sheep, Backa would made a great home for a family seeking rural living in a friendly island community.

  • TypeCroft House For Sale
  • StatusAvailable
  • PriceOffers in the region of £65,000
  • Viewing07584 628037, 07780 733971 or 01957 722323
  • EntryEntry available as soon as formalities allow.
  • Council TaxCurrently Band A
  • Energy Efficiency RatingTBC

The largest of the North Isles, Yell is home to a population of just under 1000 people. It has much to offer wildlife enthusiasts, hill walkers and those who simply want peace and quiet. Noted for its scenery and geology, Yell provides a wide range of interests for visitors and residents alike, and crofting is a way of life in the island community.

The croft of Backa is situated approximately 38 miles from Lerwick by road and involves an inter-island ferry crossing. A regular ro-ro ferry runs from Toft on the Shetland mainland to Ulsta at the south end of the island of Yell. The distance from Ulsta to Backa in West Sandwick is 6 miles approximately.

Mid Yell is the main centre of population on the island and has a shop with Post Office and fuel pumps, junior high school, health centre and leisure centre with heated swimming pool, a public house and a restaurant. Backa is located just a 10 minute drive away. The ro-ro ferries to Unst and Fetlar leave from Gutcher at the north end of the island.

Backa is west facing, benefitting from unrestricted sea views. The registered croft land extends to approximately 2.86 hectares altogether, split between the front and rear of the house. The land is arable and there is 1 share in the Westsandwick and Herra Common Grazing’s, with souming for 48 sheep.

The purchase of the tenancy will be subject to the consent of the Crofting Commission.

The sale of the tenancy includes all fixtures and fittings. The house is currently semi-furnished with all furniture also included in the sale. The croft, including the croft house, will be assigned as seen and no warranties will be given.


Electricity - Connected

Water - Mains

Drainage – Mains

Telephone - Connected

Heating – Electric storage, with electric panel heater in Bedroom 4 and Rayburn Regent multi-fuel stove in Dining Room


Ground Floor

  • Front Porch (2.59m x 2.15m)
  • Hallway (4.19m x 1.90m)
  • Rear Hallway (2.43m x 0.84m)
  • Living Room (4.11m x 3.57m)
  • Bedroom 4 (3.89m x 3.29m)
  • Dining Room (4.15m x 3.31m)
  • Kitchen (2.96m x 2.26m)
  • Bathroom (1.91m x 1.54m)
  • WC (1.88m x 0.85m)

First Floor

  • Landing (2.57m x 1.76m)
  • Bedroom 1 (4.16m x 3.22m)
  • Bedroom 2 (4.08m x 2.89m)
  • Bedroom 3 (2.84m x 2.60m at widest point)

Attached Outbuildings

  • Workshop (3.31m x 2.41m)
  • Store (11.49m x 3.24m)
  • Garage

Ground floor

Front Porch

Multi-aspect room with north, west and south facing windows. Carpet tiled flooring.


Wooden carpeted staircase to first floor. Consumer units. Dimplex storage heater. Carpet tiled flooring.

Rear Hallway

South facing window. Access to WC and bathroom. Carpet tiled flooring.

Living Room

West facing window with fitted curtains and blinds. Sliding door from hallway. Exposed beam ceiling. Electric fireplace. Fitted corner shelves. Dimplex storage heater. Carpet flooring.

Bedroom 4

Accessed from living room through low height, narrow passageway. Two west facing windows. Dimplex electric panel heater. Carpet flooring.

Dining Room

West facing window with fitted curtains. Exposed beam ceiling. Units with granite effect worktops and matching eye-level cupboards. Large built-in unit with shelves and cupboards. Rayburn Regent multi-fuel stove. Fitted wall mirror. Carpet flooring.


Accessed from dining room through passageway. West facing window. Sink and drainer. Eye-level kitchen cupboards, matching those in dining room. Fitted shelves. Zanussi cooker. Microwave. Built-in cupboard with Megaflo tank. Laminate flooring.


North facing frosted window. Yellow wash hand basin and bath, with matching tiled splashback. Enclosed Calypso shower with wet wall. Fitted bathroom cabinet with mirrored doors. Fitted wall mirror. Heated towel rail. Linoleum tiled flooring.


East facing frosted window. WC and wash hand basin built into bathroom unit with storage underneath. Fitted bathroom cabinet with mirrored door. Toilet roll holder. Carpet tiled flooring.

First Floor


West facing window. Dimplex storage heater. Carpet flooring.

Bedroom 1

West facing window. Large built-in vanity unit with storage cupboards, drawers and mirror with light. Assorted bedroom furniture. Carpet flooring.

Bedroom 2

West facing window. Assorted bedroom furniture including a large wardrobe vanity unit. Carpet flooring.

Bedroom 3

East facing Velux window. Alcove with fitted shelves. Wall mirror. Carpet flooring.

Attached Outbuildings


Accessed from kitchen in main house. West facing Velux window. Fitted workbench, shelves and tool hooks. Storage in ceiling. Exposed stone-built walls, stone floor and tiled roof. Door leading to rear garden with drying green.


Accessed from workshop. Connected to electricity. Storage in ceiling. Exposed stone-built walls, poured concrete flooring and corrugated roof with light panels. Door to front garden.


Corrugated roof. Wooden garage door.


Mature front garden enclosed by decorative wall. Trees, shrubs and floral boarders with a good sized front lawn. Gate on south side to additional garden area enclosed by fencing. Gate on north side to land in front of store and garage, with paving stones acting as driveway in front of garage. Sizeable rear garden with drying green and cold water tap.


Enlarge Map


Travelling north on the main road from the Ulsta Ferry Terminal, after approximately 5 miles turn left following the sign to West Sandwick. Backa is the first property you come to on the right hand side.

Offers To:

Neil Risk, Solicitor & Estate Agent,
Nordhus, North Ness Business Park,
Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LZ.

+44 (0) 1595 695262
+44 (0) 1595 695331

Ref: SIM C01-01

Note: While the foregoing particulars are believed to be correct, their accuracy is not guaranteed and they do not form part of any contract. The dimensions given are approximate only and are not warranted. Photographs may have been taken with a wide angle lens.

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