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"Toy Town", Brae
Brae is located in Shetland
Brae shown within Shetland

660 [1] (2001 census)

est. 690[2] (2006)
OS grid reference HU359681
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
Dialling code 01806
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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 settlement on the island of Mainland in Shetland, 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. It is located at the northeast end of Busta Voe, on the narrow isthmus that separates the mainland from Northmavine. 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.[3] 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[4] based in Brae, which claims to be "the most northerly active swimming club in the UK".[5]


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Brae Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 31 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Table 1: Mid-2006 Population Estimates - Settlements in alphabetical order". General Register Office for Scotland. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Brae". Shetlopedia. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hannah Miley and Erraid Davies: a champion and a cherub now on the same wavelength | Herald Scotland". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "About us". Delting Dolphins Swimming Club. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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