We would certainly recommend adding the Baltasound to Norwick and Skaw section to this route. There is much more to see and do if you take the roads north towards Haroldswick, Saxa Vord, Norwick and the beautiful bay at Skaw where the journey has to end. The famous bus shelter on the outskirts of Baltasound is a ‘must see’ and there is the Unst’s mining history to find out about at Hagdale Horse Mill. At Haroldswick there is the Viking Unst longhouse and longship and further around the bay is the wonderfully informative Boat Haven as well as the nearby Heritage Centre.
One of the best ways to see the real Shetland is by bike. Cycling offers the opportunity to cover the whole of the islands. You can set your own pace, allowing you to experience all aspects of Shetland life.
Address: Foula Primary School, Foula ,Shetland,
Warning - The bird cliffs on the east side of Noss are just off the edge of the detailed chart and, although the water is mostly deep, there are several dangerous reefs. Yacht skippers should take local advice before approaching the cliffs.
The establishment at the various types of units are:-
Opting for the right hand fork will take you 1.5 miles (2.5km) to the car park over looking Noss Sound. Here you park the bike and walk down the track to the boat departure point for Noss. The island is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and staffed by seasonal wardens who provide a weather-dependant summer boat service. The island is open from 10am to 5pm (except Mondays and Thursdays) from late May to the end of August. A red flag is flown on the island if it is closed. Visitors should wait at the sign on the shore at Noss Sound for collection by the boat.
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An alternative option if the island is closed is to do the Brough to Stobister Circular walk that starts at the car park. Details from the Walk Shetland website:
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For the next route return south on the upper road to the road junction just past the school then turn left. From here head east for 0.75 miles (1.25km) to where the road forks. The fork to the left will take the route the same distance again to where the road ends at Cullingsburgh. From the tarmac turning-head just past Setter you can take a walk along the shore past the 19th Century fishing booth to the ruined township of Cullingsburgh. Next to the settlement lies the burial ground of Cullingsburgh; within the walled enclosure can be found the ruins of the 12th century pre-Reformation chapel of St Mary's; the only cruciform (cross shaped) chapel in Shetland.
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Back at the school junction the south route to Kirkabister Ness lighthouse is just over 2 miles (3.5km). The lighthouse was constructed in 1858 by the Stevenson brothers; the light was replaced in 2012 by a modern harbour light but with the same flashing pattern as the original. Some of the buildings have been converted into self-catering accommodation. There are fine views across the Sound of Bressay to the sheltered bays south of Lerwick. Just below the lighthouse there is a picturesque natural arch.
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The excellent Bressay Heritage Centre close to the ferry terminal has exhibitions on aspects of the island’s history, archaeology and biodiversity and is a good start point for the day. From here the first route to the north coast of Bressay follows the upper road (the lower road is along the west coast to Heogan). The upper road passes through crofting township of Crueton on a 2.5 mile (4km) run to the small crofting communities of Beosetter and Gunnista. With moorland and grassland close by to the Lochs of Beosetter to the west, and Aiths Voe to the east, this is a prime bird watching area.