Brae shown within Shetland
|Population||660  (2001 census)
est. 690 (2006)
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Orkney and Shetland|
- "Brae" is also the Lowland Scots language word for the slope or brow of a hill.
Brae (Old Norse: Breiðeið, meaning "the wide isthmus") is a settlement on the mainland of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Traditionally a fishing village, with the construction of the nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the 1970s Brae grew rapidly, merging with the nearby village of Northbrae.
Brae is a settlement on the mainland of the Shetland Islands in Scotland, located at the northeast end of Busta Voe, on the narrow isthmus that separates the mainland from Northmavine. Traditionally a fishing village, with the construction of the nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the 1970s Brae grew rapidly, merging with the nearby village of Northbrae. The village also stages its own Up Helly Aa.
The A970 which connects Lerwick to Northmavine forms the main street of Brae. Brae's police and fire stations, schools, and NHS clinic service much of the northern part of the mainland.
Brae is the Lowland Scots word for the slope or brow of a hill. The word 'Brae' in Shetland dialect has a different meaning; it may come from the Old Norse word breiðr meaning broad. The village may take its name from the broad isthmus between Sullom Voe and Busta Voe as opposed to the narrower one a little further north at Mavis Grind. Alternatively the name may mean "a slope to the sea".
There is a traditional folk song called "The Rocks of Brae".
- "Comparative Population Profile: Brae Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- "Brae" Shetlopedia. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
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