Hayhoull B&B, started in Spring 2010, is run by Les and Mary Andreas. Les and Mary lived in Hertfordshire for many years, but were lucky enough to return to Shetland in 2006. They extended the existing house, adding accommodation suitable for holiday makers, taking full advantage of the wonderful views of the village of Bigton and both enjoy sharing their home with visitors to the Island.
The stunning photographs on the web site were supplied by several people, firstly views of Bigton by Mary’s nephew, Ben Mullay, who also lives in Bigton (You can find these and many more on Ben’s web site, benmullay.com), Jim Nicolson, who is especially known for his amazing photos of migratory birds and Joe Kay, Mary’s brother in law, who has a great eye for a good photograph on any subject!
Bigton is set on the south west side of the island, and includes the world famous St Ninian’s Isle, a small island linked to the mainland by a sand tombolo, the largest of its kind in Britain. The island was settled in pre-norse times and the remains of an old chapel are still visible. Treasure was discovered below the doorsteps of the chapel in 1958, and although the originals are stored in Edinburgh, replicas are on display in the Shetland Museum in Lerwick. The island is no longer inhabited by humans, but is home to many sheep, seabirds and countless rabbits! A walk around the island will take around 2 hours, or indeed the whole day, depending on the weather and what people like to sit and watch !