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"Toy Town", Brae
Brae is located in Shetland
Location within Shetland
Population856 [1]
OS grid referenceHU359681
• Edinburgh314 mi (505 km)
• London616 mi (991 km)
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtZE2
Dialling code01806
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
60°23′46″N 1°21′04″W / 60.396°N 1.351°W / 60.396; -1.351Coordinates: 60°23′46″N 1°21′04″W / 60.396°N 1.351°W / 60.396; -1.351
"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 village on the island of Mainland in Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom.


Brae was historically a fishing village, but with the construction of the nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the 1970s it grew rapidly, merging with the nearby village of Northbrae. It is located at the northern end of Busta Voe, on the narrow isthmus that joins Northmavine to the rest of the Mainland. The village 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 west at Mavis Grind.[citation needed] Alternatively the name may mean "a slope to the sea".

Notable people[edit]

Jonathan Sutherland, television and radio broadcaster and main anchor of Sportscene, is from Brae.

Erraid Davies is a member of the Delting Dolphins swimming club[2] based in Brae, which claims to be "the most northerly active swimming club in the UK".[3]


  1. ^ "Shetland in Statistics 2014. Population of Shetland by Area based on Census (p. 10)" (PDF). Scotland's Census Results Online. 27 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Hannah Miley and Erraid Davies: a champion and a cherub now on the same wavelength | Herald Scotland". Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ "About us". Delting Dolphins Swimming Club. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

External links[edit]

This article incorporates text from the corresponding article on Shetlopedia, which was licensed under the GNU Free Documentation Licence until September 14, 2007.