GarthsCroftBressay
GarthsCroftBressay
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Garths Croft, Bressay, Shetland, is a smallholding specialising in native and heritage breeds together with visits to and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage sites on the island on Bressay. Open all year.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Garths Lighthouse Road, ZE2 9ER Scotland
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JPM0713
Winter Park, FL113 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Our visit was part of Wool Week. The visit was awesome. Chris Dyer clearly has a passion for what he is doing and it sure shows. No questions he won’t take on and the interactions is what makes it feel so special. It was wet and rainy but a warming visit learning about his voyage to Shetland an how his stewardship of the Croft came about.
Wonderful, the world needs more folk like the Dyer family.
Written 24 September 2023
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Tamsin
Cedar Rapids, IA3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
It is advisable to book in advance, which we did. I exchanged emails with Chris who runs the croft and he was very helpful in making sure we had a day to remember. He met us from the ferry and we crammed in as much as we could. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. he answers questions and offers plenty of historical tidbits, He not only runs the croft with his adorable sheep, he also is an archeologist and we learned a lot, We ended up spending another day with him on a different island, if you are interested in small island farming and history, I cant recommend this guy enough.
Written 14 September 2023
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kate11os
Bronx, NY76 contributions
Jul 2023
My friend Rosemary and I visited Bressay and Garth's Croft and it was the highlight of our trip. We got to see a functioning croft and all the amazing work Chris has done on his property including the stone walls (which he is an expert at building/repairing), the beautiful trees he's coaxed to grow, his awesome glasshouse full of fruit and, of course, his wonderful heritage sheep. They were so fun to see and to look at all the different wool colors and of course, we loved playing with his dog who was as great a sheep herder as she was an excellent ball player. We spent the day exploring Bressay - the Bressay lighthouse, Noss Sound, Cullingsburgh and St.Mary's Church- as well as a fantastic lunch at Speldiburn Cafe in the old primary school. Make sure to get a piece of cake-still dreaming about the sour cream blueberry slice I had! As two educators on summer vacation, Chris fit the bill for us in terms of filling our brains with all the history and knowledge that he has. Chris' passions for archaeology, history and the island culture seems to know no bounds and he shares it all with you during the time you spend together. I ended up booking another day with Chris during my week in Lerwick and we traveled north to Fethaland. What a breathtaking day. Everywhere you looked was just more stunning than the rest. Besides all the knowledge Chris provides, he is also just easy to spend the day with. He tolerated all my stops to photograph the sheep and cows, and my obsession with seeing seals (I saw them!) and bravely took a chicken NYer down a steep hike to get the best look and photos at the Viking quarry. We also got to stop at one of the cake fridges (Breibister)I had read about and it was fantastic and ended the day having tea and scones at the gorgeous Busta House Hotel. To really get a sense of what Shetland has to offer, you really can look no further than Chris Dyer. He will work with you and your interests and he can take you all over the Shetland islands. When I visit areas outside of major cities, my favorite thing is a tour. This experience can't be beat - not only do you get to learn but you get to walk, experience and be part of the world you're visiting and do it such a one-on-one way. This is worth every penny and I can't recommend Chris enough.
Written 6 August 2023
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Jackie K
Preston, UK7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
My husband and I had a marvellous visit to Garth's Croft. Our host Chris Dyer is extremely well informed and very knowledgeable about all aspects of crofting, in particular the rearing of his wonderful herd of native Shetland sheep. Chris' croft is a real delight to visit and well worth it! Chris is also very knowledgeable about the archeology not just of the island of Bressay where the croft is situated but of the rest of Shetland too. Came away having learnt such a lot. Do go on a tour!!
Written 2 August 2023
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See_Naples_and_die
Naples, Italy9 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Wow! If you are traveling to the Shetlands, book an experience with Chris. If you are thinking about booking a trip to the Shetlands, do it just so you can book an experience with Chris. A wealth of knowledge about 6K years of human inhabitation, current wildlife, traditional animal husbandry, etc.- if you have an interest Chris can tailor an experience for you.
Written 26 June 2023
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Mary T
Shropshire, UK47 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Having booked Chris to guide my husband & I on a visit to the northern mainland of Shetland we stopped off first to see a geo at Eshaness lighthouse. This was followed by a good walk to the old fishing village at Fedaland. Chris’s knowledge, both historical & archaeological, was invaluable both in depth & breadth & his delivery was with ease & enthusiasm. We had a lovely picnic & enjoyed the peace & atmosphere the place had to offer. Such a wonderful experience. The following day we were back with friends for a guided tour around Garth’s Croft, on Bressay, & a visit to Noss. Once again Chris’s first-hand knowledge made the visit so much more worth while. We thoroughly recommend his tours.
Written 24 June 2023
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Llyn
4 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We had a fab time with Chris, both at his croft and over on Papa Stour. He is obviously knowledgeable and passionate about heritage farming and the archaeology and history of Shetland, and tailored both days to our specific interests and needs. I would book him again to see some of the other islands if we come back to Shetland.
Written 18 May 2023
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mholla525842
18 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited Garth's Croft and were met at the ferry by the owner, Chris Dyer. He drove us to his croft pointing out interesting features on our way. Once at the croft he made us coffee and gave us a rudown on both the croft and local archeology. He then gave us a guided tour of the croft where we 'met' his sheep, chickens, and sheepdog!

After lunch he gave us a guided tour of local archeological and historical sites on the island of Bressay. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a wonderful way of putting this knowledge across. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend a vist to Garth's Croft to visitors to Shetland.
Written 7 May 2023
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627edana
Canberra, Australia71 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Had a great day with Chris, he tailored the tour to my interests which was a bonus. It’s not often that you can find someone that will tell you what you want to know instead of a rehearsed set out day.
I would never have known or attempted to go to some of the places we went if I explored on my own. We went beautiful places but it was made so much more impressive learning about the sites with Chris.
Even leading up to the tour he was really helpful with all my questions and gave me a good set of options for areas all around Shetland that we could go.
Solo tours can sometimes have the potential to be a bit awkward but Chris is a genuinely nice guy so it was a fantastic day all round. If I come back to Shetland I’ll be asking for another day tour!
Written 5 May 2023
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Nicole F
Watsonville, CA14 contributions
Apr 2023
Spent a great day on the croft (and a bit of a drive around) with Chris during lambing season, what an amazing experience!! Chris is a kind and authentic host, he makes you feel very welcome at his home. He was patient with my many questions, the love of what he does really come through and vast knowledge of local history made the day very fulfilling. Truly a once in a lifetime bespoke experience!! Thank you !
Written 26 April 2023
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