60°42’.00N 001°00’.00W
Cullivoe is a small village tracing its history back to viking days, as a stop off on the sea route from Norway to Faroe, Iceland and Greenland
Contact Name Barry Nisbet
Telephone +44 (0) 7775 761 149

Today Cullivoe is best known for its traditional music, its seafood production, and local beauty spots such as the Sands of Breckon and the spectacular views across the Bluemull Sound to the island of Unst.

A 90 minute car journey and a ferry crossing from Lerwick, Cullivoe is inhabited by around 250 people, a diverse population of fishermen, crofters, talented musicians, seafood producers, haulage operators and prominent artists. Among the characteristics shared by all are a pride in the area, and a welcoming spirit extended to visitors.

The modern harbour at Cullivoe provides good shelter in all wind directions, and caters year round for the modern North Atlantic fishing fleet, and the local salmon and mussel farmers. During the Tall Ships 2011 Cruise in Company, we will be holding a local festival, and hope that some of the Tall Ships fleet, as well as many shore based visitors, will grace our harbour with their presence. 

Please download the Programme of Events here.

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage Yes
Berthing Depth 6m
Pilot Available No
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 507 Lerwick 35

Harbour Conditions

  • Quay - Length 250m • Depth 6.0m
  • Several berths up to 60m length available
  • No tugs available. Local mariners can be provided to give pilotage assistance.
  • Local boats available

Further Port Information


It’s not every year that the Tall Ships grace your shores, so when Shetland’s most northerly isles, Yell and Unst were asked to host two of Shetland’s Cruise in Company ports, they responded to the challenge with gusto.

The result is a truly awe-inspiring programme of activities featuring everything from the practical to the energetic, from the cultural to the creative. Take part in the festive atmosphere and soak up the spirit of the islands.

There’s a plethora of activities to get involved with as the Yell community have successfully galvanised support throughout the island and put together a three-day celebration from 17 – 19 July:

Day events

  • Dance Mats – have fun and wake up with dance mats each morning at Cullivoe Hall
  • Paddling in ‘Spirit Dancer’ – a wonderful opportunity to take a paddling trip aboard this visiting 40-foot traditional North American canoe
  • RSPB and a Field Studies Walks –  guided walks in the beautiful Breckon area and to the ancient Broch site at Burraness
  • Art Exhibition – an art exhibition featuring local painting and textiles
  • The Great Yell Run – a 10 km, a four mile and a two mile run in aid of the British Heart Foundation
  • Yell Games – a friendly knock-out style tournament
  • Workshops and demonstrations – try your hand at a whole host of local skills such as dry stone dyking, peat casting, needle felting, spinning and knitting

Evening events

Cullivoe, perhaps best known for its traditional music, is playing to its strengths and the event organisers have achieved a real coup in securing some first class music acts. Get into the festive spirit for the Party at the Pier on Saturday 16 July, which will feature well-known local bands Scaldin Bragg and the Revellers.  On the Monday, The Chair from Orkney and Shetland’s very own Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag will take to the stage, and on Tuesday Yell’s premier rock group, No Sweat, will perform in what will no doubt be an energetic and memorable finale.

For further information on events please contact:

Barry Nisbet or Emily Tulloch
Sail Yell
Tel: +44 (0)7775 761149

Please download the Programme of Events here.

Available For Crews


  • Trip to Breckon beach
  • Walks to beauty spots and 3,000 year old brochs
  • Traditional North Isles fourareen rowing races
  • A local festival will be based around the arrival of the Tall Ships, including attractions, food and drink stalls, and live music

Sports Facilities

  • Rowing traditional north isles fourareens
  • Surfing and body boarding at Breckon beach
  • Yell Leisure Centre (6 miles from pier)

General Facilities

  • Public toilets
  • Water supply at pier
  • Diesel fuel may be available - please enquire in advance