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Brae (Old Norse Breiðeið, "the wide isthmus") is on Mainland of the Shetland Islands. It was tiny fishing village then grew rapidly in the 1970s with the construction of Sullom Voe oil terminal. In Scots and Old English a "brae" means a hill or slope, but Shetland was Norse so here it means "broad". A relative term: the isthmus here is a quarter-mile across, but a mile west it's pinched to the 100-yard wide Mavis Grind by which the Northmavine peninsula clings onto the Mainland.

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

The village is cycle-friendly, so using a bike is a good way to get around. Every few hours, a bus arrives from Lerwick and stops in Brae, before continuing on to Mossbank, northeast of Brae.


  • 1 Mavis Grind. The narrow isthmus connecting Northmavine Peninsula to Mainland. Mavis Grind (Q958492) on Wikidata Mavis Grind on Wikipedia




Brae has the most northly fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway in the United Kingdom.


Try the hotels.



Go next[edit]

Back to Lerwick, or onto the peninsula, where the main village is Hillswick.

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