The Area

Shetland’s West Mainland is well known for its rugged landscape, beautiful beaches, coastal walks and archaeological sites, so it is the perfect setting for experiencing Shetland’s great outdoors.

Built with striking red stone the unexcavated coastal broch in Culswick is close by (1 mile) – and should be first on your list of places to visit. Standing prominently at the top of a hill you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views in every direction.

With wildlife right on your doorstep, nature lovers are sure to see a range of moorland birds across the meadow. While a short walk along the coastline – under the watchful eye of the resident seals – takes you to an impressive cliff top populated with breeding seabirds. And – for those with plenty of patience – there is the chance of spotting the occasional otter.

With no light pollution, Culswick is a star gazers paradise and, if you’re lucky, under the right conditions, you may even catch a glimpse of the spectacular Merrie Dancers (Northern Lights) – a sight that it is sure to be one of your lasting memories of the Shetland Islands.

Download the Shetland Heritage leaflet on the West Mainland for more information.

Local Amenities

West Mainland Leisure Centre is just a short drive away in the village of Aith. There is a full range of sport facilities here including a swimming pool, health suite, fitness suite, gym hall and squash court.

Bonhoga Gallery, Café and Shop is a converted barley mill that hosts a programme of local, national and international art exhibitions.  It is also a perfect spot for coffee or lunch.

The other nearby shops are at Bixter and Walls which are both around 12 miles drive away.
There is reasonable mobile phone signal in Culswick and there’s also a telephone kiosk close by.