Welcome to Gremister
In these pages you will find all the information relating to Gremister self-catering house. Prepare to be beguiled by the island of Yell and, in particular,Gremister located at the end of Whalfirth Voe (fjord).The district is known locally as “Da Herra,” an ancient place steeped in folklore with a feeling of repose that will hit you as soon as you come over the hill.
For previous guests, you may like to know that Gremister was sold by Clive and Inga Williamson to Professor Richard Lynch in September 2012. He acquired the contents of Gremister as well as the house itself, so past guests won’t see many changes.
Gremister extends a very warm welcome to everyone at this wonderful holiday home in Da Herra.
Richard is now happy to take bookings – just go to the booking form on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Visit Scotland Quality Mark: After the change of ownership, Visit Scotland naturally wishes to re-visit Gremister and re-assess its previous award of four-stars. However, the organisation is unable to undertake this task until some date in 2013. Given that the house contents are largely the same, Richard is hopeful that the four stars will be awarded again. But guests should be aware that this has not been formally agreed at the present time.
Gremister is situated in the middle of Yell, making it a convenient location for visitors. It is a short distance from the main village - leisure centre, swimming pool, shop and post office, as well as the local pub – approximately 15 minutes drive.
Its location also makes it equally close to both ferry terminals – Ulsta to the south of the island and Gutcher to the north (from where you can currently travel free of charge to the islands of Unst and Fetlar). Don’t, however, think for a moment that this central location makes it a bustling hub of activity (unless you consider the sheep, the rabbits, the seals, the seabirds, the waders, the odd otter……..). The house is situated almost at the end of the road and commands an imposing profile as you come down the hill as it watches over Whalfirth, a long and picturesque voe (or fjord).
The house is available for holiday let all year round and, because of its high latitude, Gremister can provide extremes of British holidaymaking. The longest day or “Simmer Dim” is as close to 24hr daylight as you can imagine, the sun merely dipping beneath the horizon before rising again a few minutes later.
Summer is not as warm as mainland Britain but you can expect some lovely days and scores of beautiful skies with rapidly changing light: there is a video showing this on ‘Videos’ page of this website. Alternatively, deep winter in Gremister provides a spectacular backdrop for lovers of extreme weather. You can watch as a snowstorm builds and curls up the voe, marvel at the strength of hurricane force winds or be brought down to size by the “Merrie Dancers ”(aurora borealis). You’ll have a whole hemisphere of black sky, broken only by the twinkling stars, as there are no streetlights.
Whatever season you choose, you can be assured that Gremister will be clean, warm and welcoming.