Shetland Camping Böds
Update as at 24/03/22 - We are delighted to advise that Aithbank Bod and Johnnie Notions Bod are now open for bookings. We anticipate that Voe House and Betty Mouat's will reopen later in the season but we do not have a definitive timescale for this. Please check back for updates. All other bods will remain closed for 2022.
Please note that whilst COVID-19 restrictions are relaxing we have taken the decision to continue letting the properties under our own COVID-19 protocols to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff. This will be subject to review throughout the season. If you have visited our böds previously, can we please ask you to note the changes prior to making a booking. A summary of these changes are as follows and more information is available on this website:
• Bookings can now be processed online and need to be made at least 3 days prior to arrival. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to take on the day or walk-in bookings this year
• A minimum stay of 3 nights has been introduced and these will be for exclusive bookings only
• Rates have been revised
• Terms and Conditions have been revised
• We have reverted our böds back to traditional bothy accommodation - providing a basic shelter and camping experience. Most of the equipment we have added over the years including crockery, cooking utensils, kettle, microwave, cooker, fridge and soft seating will no longer be provided. Please remember to plan your stay with this in mind and ensure you bring your own supplies.
• Bags of fuel are no longer available for purchase in bods
• Access to property will be made via a secure key safe
*Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidance*
Prior to making a booking, please ensure that you are familiar with all the current measures in place in Scotland for Covid-19. Up to date information can be located online at: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
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 a network has been created 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.
The camping Böds are closed from 31st October and reopen on the 1st March.
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.