Island of Linga

Vaila Sound, Walls, Shetland

Offers Over £250,000 are invited

Last update: 5 years ago

A unique opportunity to buy an unspoilt 63.75 acre island located in the scenic and sheltered Vaila Sound on the west side of Shetland. Linga is located close to the Mainland with year round access possible. Shetland is the most northerly island group of the British Isles, closer to Norway than Scotland. It is a place of spectacular scenery and beauty with an abundance of wildlife. This is an exciting development opportunity with Linga having planning consent for the building of a pier and storage shed with reception area, new agricultural buildings, a two acre loch with traditional watermill as well as the rebuilding of the two derelict cottages and the erection of a new cottage. The planning consent also includes a windmill and solar panels for power, septic tanks with reed beds for sewage and rainwater capture from the cottage and shed roofs to provide the fresh water supply making it ECO friendly and energy efficient.

  • TypeCroft Land
  • StatusAvailable
  • PriceOffers Over £250,000 are invited
  • ViewingContact my reception on 01595 695262 for more information
  • EntryTo be agreed with the seller.


The Island of Linga is approximately 63.75 acres in size. It is located in the middle of Vaila Sound and sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by the larger island of Vaila. Year round access is possible from the local pier in the village of Walls some 500 metres away. The pier has recently been rebuilt to include a storage facility and a crane.

This is an exciting business opportunity which has planning consents for a unique up market ECO tourism unplugged development built on environmentally sensitive and green principles that merges the best of the traditional with modern facilities. There are opportunities for considerable water based activities as well as an authentic 1900c crofting and cultural experience.

Linga has two derelict cottages which have been uninhabited since 1934. There is currently no landing area or jetty on the island. However, full planning consent has been granted for a substantial concrete pier on the north side, large pier storage shed with reception area, green house and toilet, new agricultural buildings, two acre loch for natural rearing of brown trout and traditional watermill as well as the rebuilding of the two derelict cottages and the erection of a new cottage. The planning consent also includes an 11 kW windmill and solar panels for power, septic tanks with reed beds for sewage and rainwater capture for the fresh water supply. Ground source heat pumps are intended for cottage heating.

The proposed cottages have been designed by the very well respected local architect company, Richard Gibson Architects, with a view to providing high-end self-catering accommodation, with no restrictions on use. The planning approval provides for a total of 7 double bedrooms with en-suite facilities in the three cottages. This is a link to the Linga Eco Development on their website.

In addition to being simply letting cottages a unique development concept is in place and is based on an unplugged, ECO friendly island where visitors could experience life as it was on a traditional Shetland croft circa 1890. Although the land itself was removed from Crofting Tenure over 40 years ago, visitors would be able to take part in traditional crofting and fishing activities without the aid of the internal combustion engine, experiencing first-hand the annual cycle of activities required to support crofting during this period. Considerable design and study work has been completed along with a fully developed business plan. Suitable for supporting any application for grant funding which it is understood may be available.

This video shows aerial footage of the village of Walls with the journey by boat to the Island of Linga. Stunning aerial shots of Linga highlighting both derelict cottages. There is also video of the neighbouring areas of Vaila with its cliffs and abundant bird life and the small hotel at Burrastow.

This presentation provides some detail on the Linga project from concept through the various activities involved with design detail.

A two acre Native Woodland Plantation has recently been completed with the planting of 4000 trees adjacent to the proposed loch. This includes fencing the area and planting various species of trees and shrubs known to grow in Shetland.

Linga is home for many species of birds during the nesting season. Otters also have their home on the south east corner of the island.

A 20 foot (approx.). aluminium workboat with 75HP outboard engine is included in the sale.

Please note that the principle photo in the sales schedule depicts the architect's representation of the island as developed, and not the island in its current condition.

Village Of Walls

There are a wide range of facilities in the village of Walls including a primary school, general merchant"s shop with petrol pumps and post office, bakery, health centre, community hall, swimming pool, churches, boating club and a camping böd. There is a regular bus service running to and from Lerwick, which is the capital of Shetland, approximately 25 miles away. Walls is also the arrival point for the ferry serving the unique island of Foula which lies 18 miles offshore.


Shetland is the most northerly part of the British Isles, 93 miles from the north of the Scottish Mainland and around 600 miles from London. Made up of more than 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited, Shetland is closer to Norway than to Scotland. Shetland has a population of just less than 24,000 people. Shetland"s northerly position means that during the summer months there is daylight almost round-the-clock, allowing people to take advantage of the long fine days for all sorts of outdoor activities. This however is in contrast to the winter months, which are generally mild, with unpredictable weather accompanied by short days and long dark nights. During all seasons there is plenty to do and see in Shetland. Outdoor activities include taking advantage of the spectacular scenery in hill and cliff walking, or observing the tremendous array of wildlife that share these isles and its coastlines with the people, including puffins, otters, whales, dolphins and the more domesticated Shetland Ponies. There are also many organised events, such as Up Helly Aa, the Shetland Folk Festival, Fiddle & Accordion Festival, Blues, Guitar and Jazz Festivals to name but a few. It is not only the vibrant culture and stunning scenery which makes Shetland an excellent place to visit. In short, Shetland is a place of unspoilt scenery, abundant wildlife and activities for all ages. It is home to a fantastic culture and most importantly, a population renowned for their welcoming nature. Information on visiting Shetland.

Travel To Shetland

There are frequent daily flights to Sumburgh Airport which is the main airport on Shetland. You can fly from Aberdeen (1 hour 5 mins), Edinburgh or Glasgow (1 hour 30 mins) and Inverness (1 hour 5 mins). Aberdeen Airport is a growing hub for the Oil & Gas industry. There are direct international connections to all four of the mainland airports. Sumburgh is some 45 miles (1 hour) by road from Walls. Information on flights.

You can also travel to Shetland by overnight ferry, with departures seven nights a week in both directions on the Aberdeen-Lerwick route all year round (12 hours 30 mins). Four nights a week the sailings go through Orkney (14 hours 30 mins). Arriving in Lerwick Walls is some 25 miles (35 mins) by road to Walls. Information on ferry bookings.


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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: THOMR01-03

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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