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Nort Neuk lies a short distance from the sea, in the picturesque coastal village of Hoswick. You can explore the paths through the village, the beaches, shorelines and the coastal walks directly accessible from the cottage.
A stroll from the cottage through the village takes you to the community owned Hoswick Visitor Centre, originally a busy weaving shed, now a place to explore the history, legend and folklore of the area as well as a welcome café with home bakes, snacks and Wi Fi access. Find out there about Hoswick’s famous Whale Case in 1888 when the local crofters took on and won their fight against the exploitation of the local landowner ( laird).
Hoswick has for long been a centre for knitwear production, with a small knitwear outlet, which you are welcome to visit. There is also a designer knitwear workshop, selling contemporary Shetland knitwear.
Within a five minute walk of Nort Neuk there is shop/bakery selling groceries, bread, fresh meat and fish. Transport links are excellent to the north and south with a regular bus service stopping a short distance from the cottage.

Hoswick is part of the larger community of Sandwick in the South Mainland of Shetland, which boasts some of Shetland’s most attractive scenery, an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites and world class wildlife attractions in its seabird cliffs and wildfowl lochs. The small island of Mousa lies to the east of Sandwick and is a must for every visitor, with the finest surviving example of a 2000 year old Iron Age tower or Broch, one of the wonders of European archaeology. The ferry trip across the water to Mousa affords an excellent opportunity for spotting seals, porpoises, myriads of birds and sometimes if you are lucky, Orca Whales. A midnight excursion to see the Storm Petrels returning to their nests in the stone chambers of the Broch after feeding far out at sea, is a must.

Sandwick has excellent facilities with a local shop/bakery which also serves as the local Post Office. A few minutes walk takes you to a Leisure Centre, with a large indoor heated swimming pool, whirl pool and steam room and an all weather multi court. On past the Leisure Centre the road takes you to the finest beach in Sandwick at Cumliewick, where you can search for shells and treasures along the foreshore or for the more hardy visitor, a paddle or swim in the clear waters! Sandwick hosts its own small Social Club, with bar facilities, extending temporary membership to guests, who can access its facilities, including music and games nights.