|UK Grid Reference:||HU476434|
|Distance from Lerwick by road:|| 2 miles|
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Heogan is a small settlement on the west coast of the island of Bressay, above the Bay of Heogan.
Heogan's main claim to fame is that it has been home to a fish by-products factory for many years which has always locally been referred to simply as "Da Gut Factory". Modern processing techniques have thankfully managed to eliminate the rather serious odour which used to settle over Lerwick every time the wind was from the northeast, although not before the problem had been immortalised in the song "The Gut Factory", by Jamieson's Big Pockets.
During WWII Heogan was used as a fuel storage depot for the Norwegian MTB Flotilla, and was also the location of a floating dock for repairing the MTBs.
In more recent years another floating dock was anchored just south of Heogan by Malakoff & Wm. Moore Ltd., with the intention of providing servicing facilities for larger boats than the company could accommodate on their slipway at North Ness. However the financial burden of bringing the dock up to standard eventually lead to the closure of the company, although the Malakoff name continued in a new company, Malakoff Ltd., following a management buyout.
The wooden sailing smack, Telegraph wrecked on the beach at Heogan on November 22nd 1881, the Rival was condemned after driving ashore on November 24th 1888 and the Alpha was burnt while laid up at Heogan on July 18th 1894.