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Our location in Brae provides a great base for exploring different parts of Shetland. The parishes of Delting, Lunnasting and Nesting are right on our doorstep and each is worth visiting or beautiful scenery and lovely coastal walking routes.
Heading up to Northmavine is definitely a must do. Northmavine boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Shetland with walks aplenty. The cliffs at Eshaness, approximately a 25 minute drive from Drumquin, are simply breathtaking and a walk along the coast towards Da Grind O' Da Navir will show you some of our outstanding geology.
We are also well placed for a visit to the North Isles with a 20 minute drive to the ferry terminal at Toft. All 3 of the islands, Yell, Unst and Fetlar are accessible by car ferry and each has it's own unique characteristics. The first island you reach is Yell and it's worth exploring this before heading straight to Unst or Fetlar. Yell has a beautiful sandy beach at West Sandwick and lovely coastal walks with views across the sea toward North Roe. Otters are often spotted around the shores of Yell as are other wildlife. The Old Haa in Burravoe is the island's museum, exhibition area and also a fine tearoom with delicious daily homebakes.
Fetlar, known as the Garden of Shetland, will not disappoint with it's beautiful wild flowers and stunning scenery. The Fetlar Interpretive Centre tells the history of the island with many interesting exhibits and the shop and cafe at Gord is a great stop of refuelling.
Unst, 'The Island Above All Others', has many interesting places to visit, both indoor and outdoor. The Boat Haven and Heritage Centre are situated close together and often have an offer on the entry price if both are visited. The Heritage Centre has some stunning displays of Shetland Fine Lace, some of which can't be seen elsewhere in Shetland.
There are numerous sites of archaeological interest including Muness Castle and a replica Viking Longhouse and Viking Longboat at Haroldswick.
When you head south from our Guest House you will arrive at the beautiful, fjord like, Lower Voe which is very picturesque and worth a visit. You can follow the road through Voe to the village of Aith and the the Westside of Shetland. Driving on this road takes you past the Burn of Lunklet, and easily accessible waterfall, and also past our original cake fridge (yes, it is a fridge on the side of the road selling a mouth watering selection of fine homebakes on an honesty box system).
Often the sunniest part of Shetland, there are stunning areas to visit on the Westside including Sandness, Skeld and Walls.
Moving further south you will reach Central Mainland which includes Shetland's capital, Lerwick and the anient capital of Scalloway. Lerwick is a bustling town with lovely walks and a thriving street showcasing local craft and food. A visit to the Tourist Office, located at the Market Cross, is a definite. You can fnd out what's on while you are here and also book on any of the numerous tours and trips available throughout Shetland. The Shetland Museum & Archives is an impressive purpose built museum at Hay's Dock (also home to Mareel, our music and cinema venue) and tell the story of Shetland's past through displays and exhibitions well worth seeing.
Scalloway, the ancient capital, has a lovely Main Street with shops and eateries and the buildings areound School are quite picturesque. The Scalloway Museum and Scalloway Castle are not to be missed. From Scalloway, you can take a bridge to Trondra and a further bridge to Burra. The beaches of Minn and Meal are both popular spots for locals on warmer sunny days with their lovely fine sand and blue waters.
The South Mainland of Shetland has many sites of interest, particularly further south as you near the airport. However, 10mins south of Lerwick you'll pass Cunningsburgh with Shetland's first Farm Shop & Cafe serving local produce and craft. The next village is Sandwick from which you can see the island of Mousa and the Mousa Broch (the best preserved broch in the world).
Bigton, further south has St Ninian's Isle which is joined to the mainland by one of the finest examples of a sand tombolo. No matter how many times you visit it will take your breath away. Walking the lenght of the beach provides amazing sea views on both sides and you can walk onto St Ninian's Isle and see where the famous treasure was discovered by a young local boy in 1958 (now housed at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh).
Right at the tip of the island, near Sumburgh Airport, you can visit the extremely interesting archaeological sites of Old Scatness and Jarlshof before heading up to the Sumburgh Lighthouse and Visitor Centre for some Puffin spotting and a cuppa with the most fabulous views.
We hope you enjoy exploring and please feel free to ask us anything and we'll do our best to help.
Had an absolutely brilliant meal at Drumquin last night. The food (lamb, halibut and beef cheeks - not just for me) was divine and the puddings (pavlova and rhubarb cheesecake - again not just me) were spectacular. The wine, whisky and gin list were fab; we tried a fair few. The service was perfect and the ambiance and decor were lovely. Couldn't fault in any way. Will definitely come back for more.