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Gilbraes Chalets


The Area

Why visit the west side of Shetland?

The name Twatt originates from the Old Norse ūveit meaning 'small parcel of land'.  It is a small settlement with a population of around 45 and a history in crofting. As time passed and crofting became less profitable, the community have supplemented their income through varying means and the settlement is now home to a number of family run businesses.

The chalets are surrounded by many of Shetland's most popular trout fishing lochs as well as some of the most beautiful rolling hills, great for walking. Even on days where the weather makes outdoor activities difficult, the Aith Leisure Centre is just 2 miles away with fantastic facilities including a sports hall, fitness suite, squash court, swimming pool, and health suite which anybody is welcome to use.

During your stay, be sure to have a look at the local news paper, The Shetland Times, for information about events in the area.  Common events include rowing and sailing regattas; Sunday teas and concerts.


Chalet at sunset

While in Shetland the weather is always a very important topic of conversation - as it changes frequently. Visitors are advised to bring warm waterproof clothing even for a summer visit. However, do not let the threat of extreme weather put you off - wind and waves only serve to dramatise this unique land.

The chalets are situated around 1 mile from Bixter which has a shop, post office, bus stop, doctor's surgery and a garage.


A holiday at Gilbraes Chalets is bound to reward nature lovers due to the abundance of wildlife which thrives in the area. Around the coast particularly, there is always a wide variety of seabirds and many seals; both of the common and grey variety. Patience may be rewarded with a glimpse of one of nature's most playful creatures - the otter, or even whales, dolphins or porpoises.




Gilbraes Chalets ~ Twatt ~ Bixter ~ Shetland ~ ZE2 9LX
Tel/Fax : 01595 810222