Hoswick Visitor Centre
Hoswick Visitor Centre caters for both locals and visitors. We have a wealth of local information about the surrounding area and its history and heritage. We love to share this knowledge with all our visitors.
Our hope is for you, your family and friends to not just enjoy our cafe, light meals and refreshments but to explore our local area with its nature walks, geopark and lovely scenery. Find out more about our history and heritage. Purchase art, gifts, crafts and keepsakes from our shop within the visitor centre and bring back a bit of Shetland with you when you go home. Be sure to visit the other local shops selling handmade jewellery and designer woollen garments and accessories in our creative quiet village.
Our open-plan design is accessible to all our visitors. We have a ramp at the entrance and fire exits, wide doors, an accessible toilet and a small lift to help assist you up to our mezzanine floor where you will find local information regarding our history and heritage.
We look forward to welcoming you and hope to see you here soon.
Winter Opening Times:
Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Full Breakfasts till 11:30am
Kitchen closes 3pm
We sell a variety of coffee and tea and light refreshments. We also offer light lunches, homemade cakes and ice-creams & lollies.
Our shop sells arts & crafts, handmade items, accessories and books all related to Shetland.
Come and see our archive of photos and information of our local fishing and textile heritage.
Things to Do
We have a number of local walks and points of interest in the quiet village of Hoswick. There is something for everyone.
Have a look at our picture gallery of images taken from inside the centre and the local area. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take back memories with you.
We have information boards and leaflets about Shetlands points of interest along with information on local tours, places to stay, maps and more.
Customer Safety First
Current recommended Covid 19 measures are in place to ensure your visit to the Centre is as safe as possible. When entering, all we ask is to wear a mask when entering, sanitise your hands and enter your details for track and trace. All of our staff wear masks. There are hand sanitiser stations at various points within the building along with clear screens separating tables. All tabes are cleaned thoroughly before each sitting. We use a card system to show your table has been cleaned as is ready
Our Café operates to the HCCAP Food Safety Management System with all staff being appropriately trained. For users of Sandsayre Pier (ferry departure point for Mousa), Sandwick Social and Economic Development has a specific Safety Policy applying to the use of the Pier.
Our SSED team has regular training and will respond to feedback on safety-related matters.
SSED has a current Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
Several wall maps are displayed, describing areas and related topics such as the Geology of Shetland which is a UNESCO Geopark (see website). Other maps in the Centre illustrate suggested routes for local walks.
For interest, there are several vintage maps of the local area (e.g.) from 1901 and a Directory of old place names.
A large wall map of Shetland is helpful when planning routes and timing for visitors exploring Shetland.
The Centre offers a Visitors Information Service, including leaflets on topics of interest and descriptions of different areas of Shetland. For further information, please ask the staff.
Information in the Centre describes the big community effort, which was needed to secure and preserve the listed, stone built, Stevenson design Sandsayre Pier.
The geology of Shetland is significant in this area. There is no remaining evidence of the Sandlodge copper mine. For more information, see the interpretive boards in this small interpretive centre.
This is also the waiting room for those looking to board the short ferry trip and explore the ancient site of Mousa broch.
Leave your name and email below along with what you are looking for in the message box. Or you can call us at +44 (0) 1950 431406.