Fetlar Kirk is one of the Shetland churches that was advertised for sale. It is a Category B listed building on one of the Northern Isles. Fetlar is the fourth-largest island of Shetland and has an area of just over 15 square miles and had a resident population of 61 at the time of the 2011 census. Its main settlement is Houbie on the south coast.

Fetlar Kirk is the first Church of Scotland building to be purchased by a community group. The building was sold as part of the Presbytery Plan to reduce to eleven the number of church buildings in Shetland. The recently-formed charity, The Friends of Fetlar Kirk will take over the 230 year old building when the legal processes are completed.




Fetlar Kirk

Rev Fran Henderson

Rev Fran Henderson, Transition Minister from the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland (pictured) said,

‘Final details are still being worked out with the solicitors, so it is not ‘signed, sealed, and delivered’ yet, but all going well they should take possession soon. We are really pleased that their hard work has paid off, and wish the whole Fetlar community every joy in their continued use of the church building.’

Ruth Booth Secretary of the Charity said, ‘We are delighted that the Friends of Fetlar Kirk offer has been accepted and the building can be kept for community uses as a Kirk and for other activities’.

Here is the link to the announcement on BBC Radio Shetland last night:

Good Evening Shetland Wednesday 2nd June 2021 by BBC Shetland | Mixcloud

The headlines are 2mins into this recording and at 10mins in there is an interview with Ruth Booth Secretary and Janet Kelly, Elder at the church who speaks of the ‘wonderful Christian presence in the area since the time of the Vikings’