Shetland Camping BÖd Network
Shetland Camping BÖd Network, For info: Shetland Amenity Trust, Garthspool, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0NY
The Shetland Camping Böd Network offers low cost accommodation in nine historic buildings with fantastic scenery – giving the opportunity to tour these beautiful islands, staying in böds en route. Due to the böd’s historic nature, no two buildings are the same and facilities vary. The smallest böd sleeps four and the largest sixteen. Electricity, hot water and showers are available in six of the nine buildings and solid fuel stoves and mains water in all. Each böd has a story to tell, for example Voe Sail Loft was once a knitwear workshop, where the jumpers for Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 1953 were produced. Seven out of nine have local meals available within two miles and seven out of nine have (variable) facilities for less able people. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Explore Shetland on a budget – bed down in a böd. For further info look at the Camping Bod website.This accommodation is featured on our map of Orkney and Shetland and here is its own website.
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4 to 16 (depending on böd).
1st March – 31st October. Böds are unmanned. Contact custodian up to 9pm on day of entry.
£10 to £12. Group discounts are also available.
Booking is not essential however, as böds are unmanned it is best to book in advance to ensure the custodian is available before arrival.
Ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland (NorthLink). Flights to Shetland from Orkney, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow (Flybe).
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Tour Shetland on a budget by staying at Shetland’s camping bods
Originally, a Böd was a simple building on Shetland used to shelter fishermen during the fishing season. Now the Shetland Böds offer basic, camping barn style accommodation for those who want a simple holiday touring the Shetland Isles. There is a network of 9 Böds and of these only the Böd of Nesbister was original a fishing böd. By contrast Grieve House, one of the largest house in the network, was home to Hugh McDiarmid, a great Scottish poet for many years.
The Böds providea network of traditional Shetland buildings surrounded by stunning scenery
Using the Shetland Böds network you can have a holiday touring the Shetlands and staying in traditional Shetland buildings surrounded by stunning scenery. Low cost and in great locations Böds provide basic accommodation, some of the more remote Böds have no electricity, heating or lighting. Each Böd has space to cook and an area for eating and sleeping. Recent improvements have added additional facilities to some Böds including a fridge, cooker, crockery, kettle and basic cooking utensils.
In Shetland, a Böd was a building used to house fishermen and their gear during the fishing season. Today, its basic accommodation for those who want a simple holiday in the islands
The first camping Böds opened in l992 and today there are more then 9 creating a network throughout the Shetland Islands. The Böds are all in attractive localities and each has an interesting history. They are an ideal way of seeing Shetland on a budget and you can combine some nights in a Böd with a stay in youth hostel, bed and breakfast or a tent. Böds are very basic, some in remote areas having no electricity. Visitors will need to bring their own bedding, and for some locations their own eating and cooking utensils.