What is a böd?
In Shetland, a Böd was a building used to house fishermen and their gear during the fishing season. Today, we've borrowed the word to describe basic accommodation for those who want a simple holiday in our islands. Anyone familiar with English "camping barns" will have a good idea of what to expect.
The first camping Böds opened in l992 and more are planned to create 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.
Fetlar is known as the “Garden of Shetland” and Aithbank boasts a wonderful location with sea views and a beach only a few metres away.
Betty Mouat's BodBetty Mouats Bod
The böd is next door to a recently excavated broch and handy for Shetland's main airport and the Fair Isle ferry.
Johnnie NotionsJohnnie Notions Böd
This böd offers cheap, self catering accommodation in a traditional building at the north-western tip of the Shetland Mainland.
Skeld bodSkeld Böd
Situated in the thriving village of Skeld it sits right above the marina within a stones throw of the sea.
The Grieve HouseThe Grieve House
This böd offers economy, self catering accommodation in a traditional building on the island of Whalsay on the east coast of Shetland.
The Sail LoftThe Sail Loft
The largest of our böds stands between the tideline and a handy bakery, in an idyllic village setting at the head of a mini-fjord.
The Windhouse LodgeThe Windhouse Lodge
This is our best-equipped böd and a perfect base for touring the North Isles of Shetland.