Old Ayres

Old Ayres, Aith, Bixter, Shetland, ZE2 9ND
Contact Name: Ian & Mandy Anderson
Tel: +44 (0)7818 478963 / +44 (0)7748 496419
Email: andersonayres282@hotmail.co.uk

Internet Access - Yes No Smoking No Pets Tea/Coffee Facilities - Yes Hairdryer Available - Yes
Sleeps 4

This traditional croft house has been recently renovated to a high standard. Just 50 metres from Aith Voe and overlooking the Ayres beach, it is an ideal location for bird, seal and otter watching, fishing and coastal walks. Close to central Aith with attractions including leisure centre, shop and lifeboat station.

  • Old AyresOld Ayres
  • Sitting roomSitting room
  • Sitting roomSitting room
  • KitchenKitchen
  • DiningDining
  • HallwayHallway
  • Double bedroomDouble bedroom
  • Twin bedroomTwin bedroom
  • BathroomBathroom
  • Shower over bathShower over bath


Establishment Overview

Built around 1830, the Old Ayres has been sensitively restored to retain character and charm. Within walking distance to the village of Aith, a 30-minute drive into Lerwick and a regular bus service means that this is the perfect base to explore the beautifully wild Shetland environment.

The porch is warm and welcoming, leading into a small utility room with washing machine, clothes airer and sink. The open plan sitting room boasts a gas stove to complement the electric storage heating. The kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances, table and chairs.

Upstairs the beautiful floor boards add to the style with a double bedroom, twin room and modern bathroom with shower over the bath and heated towel rail.

Although it is quite central it is in a secluded spot with beautiful views over Aith Voe and the village. Aith itself offers an excellent array of amenities: Community Co-op and Post Office; village hall; leisure centre with swimming pool, steam room and sauna; Michael’s Wood – a small, family-friendly, memory wood; Aith Charity Shop and Britain’s most northerly lifeboat station.

We are also lucky enough to live in an area close to many beautiful coastal walks, beaches and dramatic coastlines. A small waterfall called the Burn of Lunklet in East Burrafirth offers a gentle 15-minute walk from the road. On the way don’t forget to stop along the ever popular ‘Cake Fridge’, a roadside honesty box full of lovely fresh home bakes. We are also looking forward to the opening of the ‘Cake Fridge & Tea Room' in the same location.

There are frequent visits to Aith Voe by seals, otters and visiting birds such as Arctic terns, oyster catchers, curlews and cormorants. Spectacularly, in summer 2018 a pod of killer whales cruised around Aith Voe.


House Rates start at: £60 per night


Travel north from Aith towards Aithsness and Vementry. Property is on your right approximately 1 mile from the junction. 

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