About Herrislea House Hotel

1926: Tammy Fraser with his prizewinning ram. Original Herrislea in the background

1926: Tammy Fraser with his prizewinning ram. Original Herrislea in the background

Thomas (Tammy) Fraser worked for the Nelson family and married Katie from the Tingwall area.  He now lives at Sand and has reached 96 years of age.  He still visits us occasionally in the CafeBar for lunch or afternoon tea.  When he is sitting in there he looks down and says ‘this is where I used to plough with the horse’.

Mr G.M. Nelson built onto his original house in the late 50s OR early 60s creating a much bigger and grander house.  He was local registrar and many people came here to register their intent to marry.  He was also elder for the Church of Scotland in Tingwall Valley – one of the oldest churches in Shetland and also preached at churches throughout Shetland.

His family subsequently sold the house and it was bought and turned into a guest house.  Subsequent owners built on various other parts.  It had fallen into disuse when we bought and refurbished in from a burnt out shell in 1997.

The Tingwall Valley has a longstanding history connected to the Viking times when it was the seat of the Viking parliament OR ‘Ting’.  There is a descriptive plaque on the side to the Tingwall loch describing the site and the use of the ‘Ting’.

Photo Gallery – In and Around Herrislea House Hotel