Brough Lodge in Fetlar has been awarded grants from Historic Scotland totalling £290,236, it was revealed this week.
The building is category A listed, with an interesting history and some unusual features, including a folly.
The Brough Lodge Trust, formed to restore the building, wants to offer high-quality visitor accommodation there linked to educational and cultural courses.
Brough Lodge will introduce guests to Shetland’s outstanding music and craft traditions, and offer opportunities to those interested in subjects such as archaeology, bird-watching, photography and poetry.
Trust chairman Pierre Cambillard said: “The assistance that Historic Scotland has provided for the initial phase of the restoration has been absolutely crucial, not only in saving the fabric, but also in helping to convince other funders of the merits of the project as fund-raising begins for the next phase.
“When the project is completed, tangible benefits will also flow to the local community in the form of increased employment and income generation, vital for an island economy that, historically, has been fragile. The trust is hugely appreciative of the support that Historic Scotland has provided and the helpfulness of Historic Scotland’s staff.”