The Sunny Side of Shetland
Touring the WestsideTraditionally, the Westside begins at the top of the hill dividing Weisdale from Aithsting and Sandsting. Just below the summit, the road leading down to the leafy gardens of Tresta crosses a fault in the Earth's crust.
Sandness Hill and the coastal walk beyond Huxter have breathtaking views of the wild country on the westernmost point of the Shetland Mainland. The dramatic silhouette of the island of Foula sits out on the Atlantic horizon, while a maze of spectacular coves and sea stacks skirts the beautiful Bay of Deepdale. There is much good walking south to Wats Ness, the Voe of Footabrough and Littlure.
A Crofting TraditionAs well as sheltering salmon and sea trout cages, the voes of the Westside are ideal for yachting and canoeing. Natural harbours shelter modern marinas at Walls and Aith - where berths are reseverved for visiting sailors. The annual regattas at Walls,Aith and Skeld are major events in the social calendar. Like the Skeld Sheepdog Trials and the Walls Show (the longest-running agricultural show in Shetalnd), these community gatherings include concerts and dances where visitors are always welcome.
The Wild WestA walk on Shetland's Westside brings you face to face with nature in all its amazing variety. You'll have good views of seals, seabirds, skuas, and moorland species such as skylark, curlew and golden plover.
The long, winding tideline teems with wildlife, with everything from rock pools full of hermit crabs and sea anemones to sheltered, sandy shores with razor shells and cockles.