Fia Cottage

Experience Shetland in comfort

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Things To Do

In the vicinity of Fia Cottage

Within 5/10 minutes walking distance from Fia Cottage is the historic Quendale Mill which houses a small museum and café, and beyond that you will find the beautiful Bay of Quendale with its long sandy beach.  On the way to the Mill and beach you will come to a road which leads up to the spectacular scenery and cliffs of Fitful Head

From Fia Cottage to Sumburgh Head is a 10 minute drive. Here you can see the seabird colonies of Gannets, Guillimots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmers and get a close up view of the puffins from April to August. A drive, cycle run or walk will will take you to the Spiggie Beach, one of the best in Shetland and also to the Loch of Spiggie which is well stocked with trout – permits can be obtained for day fishing here. Long-tailed ducks can be seen on the Loch in their breeding plumage and it is one of Shetland’s most important lochs for Whooper Swans, which arrive here in October and stay until early April

Further up the road takes you to the Spiggie Hotel, which does takeaway meals as well as bar meals and restaurant meals.  Local musicians can often be found there on a weekend evening providing Shetland music sessions Carry on along the road and you will come to the juntion at the bottom of Robins Brae and up past the local hall, the playing fields and very well equiped children’s play park, leading back up to Mainlands mini-mart. Carry on down the road back to Fia Cottage and you will have covered approximately 10 miles on the round trip.  Listed below are some areas of interest and, all within the close vicinity of Fia Cottage

  • Archaeological interests, including Jarlshof
  • Beaches
  • Quendale Watermill
  • Shetland Croft House museum
  • Hoswick Visitor Centre
  • Sandsayre Interpretative Centre and Pier (with café and home bakes): one of the main focuses of this is the unique wireless collection, which follows radio, domestic marine and military equipment from the early 1900’s through to the modern day communications systems

In the vicinity of Chalet 6

Wormadale is on the West side of Shetland (the sunny side), only 15 minutes from Lerwick by car, and is also on a main bus route. The scenery in the west of Shetland is some of the most beautiful and although walking or cycling is the best way to enjoy the scenery, a car ride can take you quickly to any other area of Shetland.

Five minutes’ walk up the road and you are at the Westings Hotel, which also has stunning views over the South Whiteness Voe.  A few minutes’ drive heading west takes you to the village of Weisdale and the Hjaltastayn Shetland Jewellery, where you can go in for a tour of their workshop and visit their shop

The Weisdale Water Mill is in the north part of Weisdale and now houses the Bonhoga Gallery, which is the most northerly purpose built art gallery in the UK.  Admission to the gallery is free and you can enjoy some homemade Shetland soup, bannocks and home bakes in the lovely café downstairs.  Listed below are some other areas of interest and, all within easy access from Chalet 6

  • Jamiesons Spinning Shetland in Sandness where you can see Shetland fleeces being spun into yarn
  • Shetland Cheese, Skeld – Tours are available and there is also a small cafe serving refreshments.
  • Fishing, Da Gairdins, Sand – featuring  trees, meadows, freshwater pond, exotic plants and wildlife, with picnic tables also provided for a family day out
  • Thordale Stud & Driving Centre, Walls, where you can learn to drive a Shetland pony & cart of take a tour in a wagonnet pulled by a Shetland pony

This gives you an snippet overview of the immediate surrounding areas you have chosen to stay in for your Shetland Experience. Travel around Shetland is easy and you will find something interesting to see and do in every area you go to