GarthsCroftBressay
GarthsCroftBressay
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
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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  • Mary T
    Shropshire, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Garth’s Croft Tours, Shetland
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • See_Naples_and_die
    Naples, Italy10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful!
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Jackie K
    Preston, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Garth's Croft
    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!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Tamsin
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Experience
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • JPM0713
    Winter Park, Florida123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful visit, allow some time and don’t be rushed in visiting.
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Fiona C
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2 full days packed with information and history
    We booked 2 full days with Chris and I am so glad we did. The first was to visit bressay. He is a mine of information and we met the sheep and the welsh sheep dog and had a lovely lunch in the hotel there. Second trip was planned to papa stour but the ferry was cancelled due to weather conditions. So Chris took us to Eshaness which was a force of nature and Scalloway museum. He also gave very useful advice as to positioning for best pictures during up helly aa. Thank you Chris for a smashing time.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 4, 2024
  • mami-fasulye
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unforgettable experience
    We visited Chris to learn more about the Shetland sheep used for Fair Isle knitwear and about the croft work. His explanations were very clear and we learned a lot of new information. Having lived and worked in other places, so he is able to talk from different perspectives. It was wonderful! And his pride and passion for his work was inspiring. His sheep were well cared for, lovely, and had a variety of beautiful coat colors. In addition to the tour of the croft, we also visited a spot where we could feel the history of Bressay Island and the beautiful natural coast, which was an unforgettable experience. He is an archeologist, so he has special knowledge of the island history. He was very flexible and helpful in presenting us with different options according to the weather, our schedule, and our stamina. We will definitely visit again!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Maps15956541212
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chris has a great knowledge, a lot of love for his animals and takes a lot of time for his guests.
    It was a very nice day at Chris's farm. His love of animals is immediately noticeable and tasted in his products. Our daughter enjoyed the day very much. When we are in Shetland we will take Chris again to learn more about the life and history of these islands. Highly recommended, especially for families.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2024
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Mary B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You won’t find friendliest Shetland sheep anywhere, and Chris works hard to maintain a flock with beautiful fleece colours. He cares about his animals and it shows. You will also see the drystone walls he built from local stone and the polycrub in which he grows an amazing amount of fruit and veg. There’s also an ancient tractor!
Written November 2, 2020
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Diane
Vancouver, British Columbia5 contributions
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Sep 2022 • Friends
We spent an afternoon/evening visiting the croft and exploring some historic sites of Bressay and Noss, and it was such a fantastic experience that we ended up getting Chris to guide us another day on the isle of Unst.

His enthusiasm and knowledge about the crofting life as well as archaeology made for a fascinating combination, and his many (many, many) other professions and interests made for wide-ranging conversations and patient answers to our many (many, many) questions about life on Shetland.

I loved seeing all the animals, though his multicoloured sheep were a highlight - there are spotted and striped sheep?! And I came away from our excursion around Bressay and Noss feeling that if we had gone on our own we would have admired the views, taken a few pictures, and left after a few minutes. Instead I learned to look differently and more deeply (literally!) at the nature and history around us, which stayed with me during the rest of my time on the islands.

Our other day's trip to Unst was similarly a far more profound experience because of his insight and humour (and ability to get me to hike wayyyyyy further than I meant to :D). Unst is the most northerly part of Britain and a bit of a trek from mainland Shetland so I was also grateful Chris could help us make the most efficient use of our time, make the logistics super easy, and tailor the itinerary to our interests.

My experiences with Chris' croft and his guiding services helped me not just fall in love with Shetland, but better understand its history and nature.

Written September 15, 2022
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J-BStaff
Vancouver, Canada31 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Solo
Absolutely fabulous tours with Chris - both of the Croft and archaeology. Chris is very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. He answered all my questions and went with the flow of what I was interested in. Plus, he fit me in for these tours amidst his busy schedule that week. The animals were my highlight; however, the views we saw along with the Historical ruins were simply stunning. I highly recommend booking with Chris for either or both tours, it will not disappoint and you will learn a lot.
Written July 23, 2022
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Koe
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Sep 2022
I had a truly excellent day visiting Garth's Croft and getting a tour of both the croft and the local archaeology from Chris.

Chris is a charismatic, generous, fun and knowledgeable host. He is an expert in the archaeology and also has a wealth of knowledge and experience from building up the croft. Beyond that, he is deeply linked in the community in Bressay and beyond, and does a variety of jobs in the islands in addition to crofting and archaeology, which means you get a deeper insight into life in Shetland in general.

He tailored the visit towards my interests, and readily engaged with the questions I had and the subjects I was keen to discuss. It was great meeting his animals, learning about the various aspects of the croft and the choices he makes with it, and then driving out across Bressay to see and learn about some wonderful archaeological sites.

In addition to being an engaging storyteller, Chris was also very kind and hospitable, buying me cake, giving me advice about the rest of my trip and letting me know that I could continue to ask him questions etc after the visit was over.

I left the day with a real insight into Bressay, crofting and the heritage of the area.

We joked about me leaving him a parody bad review, but I didn't have the heart to do it on the off-chance someone saw it and believed it. I'll just say this: "I came all the way up from London..." ...and it was totally worth it.
Written September 11, 2022
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HelenH
Wetherby, UK3 contributions
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Sep 2022 • Couples
We had an amazing time at Garth’s Croft and surrounding area with Chris. We loved seeing his Croft, meeting the animals (particularly the sheep) and hearing about all the hard work that goes into running a Croft. Chris is a true superstar he wears so many different hats around Bressay and the whole of Shetland. We love learning about the history of the places that we visit and Chris’s experience as an Archaeologist definitely increased our learning experience. We visited a couple of different areas of Bressay with Chris and he explained the history of the area, which gave us real insight into life in the past. As a spinner the icing on the cake was that I was able to purchase a couple of authentic Croft reared fleeces from Chris, I’m looking forward to processing them when I get home. Chris also told us about the sheep sales the next day which we visited on his advice, another interesting experience.
Written September 25, 2022
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Neil R
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
My other half and I recently spent our last day in Shetland at Garths Croft in Bressay. From the moment we met, Chris was a pleasure to spend time with. Over the course of the day he showed us around his beautiful croft, meeting his livestock and seeing his sustainable farming models. Following on from this he showed us a few remote and historically interesting areas on Bressay, and was both informative and knowledgeable on not only the historic sites, but on life on Shetland as a whole.
I would thoroughly recommend the experience, it's a nice chilled day out in a beautiful place with good company...and the opportunity to get yourself some top quality farm produce too, if you wish!
Written May 25, 2021
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Norunn H
Kopervik, Norway39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Visiting Chris and his croft was a great experience. He is friendly and has a lot of knowledge of what he is doing. You will get a tour around his croft and you can ask him anything about everything! His animals are so looked after and well-being, so the atmosphere being around is so relaxing. Even the sheep are tame and let you cuddle them. The dog is a beauty and if you are really into animals ( like me) you get a lot out of it. Chris's work as an archaeologist will lead you into a great journey of Bressay since he tell you history in an enthusiastic way, so even you are not into history, you will be interested.
I had a great time together with Chris and he is a very likeable person who really wants you to have a good time and give you all the knowledge you would like about history, animals and every days life in an Shetland Island.
Written October 9, 2021
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dshrew399
Shrewsbury, UK5 contributions
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May 2021 • Family
We did a Croft tour with Chris at the end of May 2021. It was absolutely brilliant. We learned so much, were able to ask so many questions and even though we have been to Shetland many times, we came away ready and excited to do more and learn more. Chris was especially accommodating of our 8 month old baby and was knowledgable and very friendly throughout. We really hope to meet you again!

Ps. The sausages and eggs we bought and took on our way were absolutely excellent
Written June 15, 2021
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Julian A
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Well what can I tell you. First a huge thanks to Chris who even though he was busy and it was out of season still managed to fit us in. Not only did we get to have a look around his croft (more on that later) but he customised the tour of Bressay to our specific need. My wife's (Clare) grandfather was stationed on Bressay during WWII so Chris customised the tour to suit this.
So to start with we stood in the barn and had a chat about what we wanted to do whilst the kids chased/fed the chickens. Then we went to feed the sheep. The kids (10&12) absolutely loved this and it was really funny. The sheep are quite small but strong so both of them had to fight to get the buckets back at points. Then we had a look at the fruit trees (yes that's right!) veg and turkeys before going out to explore the island. Chris took us off to see one of the two anti aircraft gun batteries on the island. We have now idea which one Clare grandfather was stationed at but we'd elected to take our car ove and the other needed a 4x4 to get to. After that we headed to the remains of the nissen huts Clare's grandad would definitely have lived in during the war. We finished off by driving to look at Noss island and nature reserve. At all points and places Chris was knowledgeable and friendly and able to answer all our questions. He's an archaeologist by training so his depth of knowledge and passion for the subject and the island is clear to see.
Right I've waffled on enough. Chris is definitely an excellent guide and a really nice and interesting chap. We had a thoroughly excellent time and it's one of the highlights of our holiday.
Written October 25, 2021
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JPM0713
Winter Park, FL123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 September 24, 2023
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