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Bluemull Sound Ferry

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Bluemull Sound Ferry
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From:  Gutcher, Shetland
To:  Belmont, Shetland
Distance:  2 km (1.2 miles)
£8 (Cars)
On road(s)
 • A968
Crossings related to the A968

The Bluemull Sound Ferry carries the A968 on a 2.0km journey across the Bluemull Sound.

Additionally, the same vessels are used to go from Gutcher and Belmont to the nearby island of Fetlar where they link to the B9088.


Old maps show that the original crossing between Unst and Yell was from the pier at Cullivoe on Yell to Snarra Voe on Unst. While Cullivoe is on the road network, a footpath around the north shore of the Loch of Snarravoe connected to the roads on Unst. In the 1940s and 50s, a number of different ferry routes are shown on maps, using Cullivoe and Gutcha on Yell and Snarra Voe, Belmont and Uyeasound on Unst. In addition, the original car ferry services appear to have originated in Lerwick and called at Mid Yell and Baltasound (Unst) for cars, while also calling at Gutcher and Uyeasound. These routes are depicted on the OS Travel Maps throughout the 1960s, while Gutcher to Belmont is noted as a passenger ferry in 1961 and again in 1972, despite being on the route of the A968, which was routed this way in the 1950s.

The first known car ferry to sail on the current route was the Fylga, which was built in 1975, perhaps the year when the service began.


Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Geira 8712489 Shetland Islands Council 2005-date 15 cars
Fivla 8410237 Shetland Islands Council ?-date 15 cars
Bigga 9000821 Shetland Islands Council 2004-date 15 cars
Fylga 7347342 Shetland Islands Council ?-2005


Bluemull Sound Ferry
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