Art, crafts and a great cafe, all in a beautiful location

Bonhoga Gallery is situated in Weisdale Mill, on land cleared for large-scale sheep farming in the 19th Century. It was a meal and barley mill from 1855 until the early 1900s, then used as a butchery and tannery before falling into dereliction in the middle of the 20th century. The building was renovated and opened as Bonhoga Gallery in 1994, and since then has been welcoming large numbers of both Shetland residents and visitors to the isles. Bonhoga means ‘my spiritual home’ in Shetland dialect.

The gallery is owned and run by Shetland Arts. Bonhoga promotes the best of Shetland, national and international applied art and craft through a programme of curated retail, exhibition and showcase opportunities.

In the south facing conservatory overlooking the Weisdale burn the Mill Cafe is a popular spot all year round. The menu features locally sourced produce and all food is prepared daily on the premises.


Shetland Arts have taken the decision to close their venues temporarily in the light of the latest government advice to limit non-essential travel and contact as part of the international effort to reduce the spread of Corvid-19. Mareel, Bonhoga Gallery, Garrison Theatre and the ShetlandMade retail outlet will not be opening this week and will remain closed until further notice. Staff are being supported to work from home where possible and will continue to work on ensuring access to the arts in Shetland during this time and in the future.

Shetland Arts Chief Executive, Graeme Howell, said “This decision was not taken lightly, but for the welfare of our staff, customers and all of Shetland we need to follow public health advice and reduce pressure on essential services.

We hope to see you again soon, in the meantime we recognize the importance of the arts to health and wellbeing. We are exploring new ways of sharing our work online and are busy updating the website, YouTube channel and social media with even more great arts content to enable folk across Shetland to continue to access the arts from their own homes.”

Any customers with tickets booked for films or events until 2nd of April will receive a refund, if you booked without an account but paid by card you will also receive a refund, if you paid by cash please get in touch with us on with your order number which is printed on the ticket.

Facilities & Accessibility Info

  • Cafe
  • Free Wifi
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Gallery

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