beaches and cliffs
to get here
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
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.