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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.

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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.

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Our shop sells arts & crafts, handmade items, accessories and books all related to Shetland.


Our Heritage

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.

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Visitor Information

We have information boards and leaflets about Shetlands points of interest along with information on local tours, places to stay, maps and more.

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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.

Visitor Information

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.

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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.


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Hoswick Bay
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Get In Touch

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Hidden gem! What a fantastic hidden gem of a place this is! A lovely place if you are in the south of the mainland to deviate to and go in for something to eat and drink. Food orders prepared freshly and loved how there was a reduced price too if you didn't want a salad accompaniment. The scones were very nice and the cakes/bakes on display looked very tempting too! Good clean toilets too and good Covid hygiene practices. A nice gift shop on hand too to pick up some souvenirs of a trip to Shetland.
Lunch Great value food... Cakes to die for, lovely staff. It can sometimes get busy when cruise ships in town but usually can find a table. Some lovely little walks nearby, playpark for the kids and small beach to explore.
Teatime Wir sind hier zweimal für Tee mit Kuchen eingekehrt. Gf-Kuchen ist ebenfalls erhältlich und immer wechselnd. Ein lohnender Ausflug!
Sally M
Sally M
Great cafe and visitor centre Lovely cafe with beautiful home made food, and a great range of knitted craft items for sale. The soup was delicious and bannocks from the local bakery were superb.
Wrong Attitude... Having visited the Centre last year I thought would return to have coffee and buy some cards etc. (Spent over £100 there before). The place appeared to be open but there were no clients. Could I have a cappuccino please? No, we have a function on (no one to be seen) but you can have a filter coffee. Okay. Paper cup? No thanks, a real cup. We're only doing takeaways because we have a function on (still no other customers but me). No thanks, bye. If they didn't want customers there should have been a notice on the door. This is the most unfriendly behaviour I have ever encountered in these friendly and welcoming islands. Tourism is important to Shetland and Scotland please note. I will not be returning here.
nice scones We had a coffee and scone break here when on a tour from our cruise ship. Staff friendly and food good. There is a small gift shop but it was very expensive £5 for a very cheap looking fridge magnet that should cost £1 . Good wifi and clean free toilets. Other shops nearby selling expensive knitted items
Welcome find on a wet day. Tucked away in a corner of Shetland we found this lovely, welcoming tea room. It's off any main road and I'm not sure it's signposted but it's well worth looking out for it. There was a good selection of sweet and savoury items to choose from and everything is homemade and tasted delicious. There's information about local history and events and a selection of local crafts and books for sale. The staff were friendly and welcoming and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
william Y
william Y
Some Shopping Our tour bus stopped here and it turned out to be a good location. They had restrooms and some nice shopping. They do have some items that are locally produced.
nicolas s
nicolas s
a lovely place warm and welcoming we found lots of information in this sweet center and we had not seen a coffe shop o nroute so we had a nice quick lunch .Nicky was a sweet lady serving us and we had a lovely break in our travel. than k you
Amazing place for such a small village This is far more than your average Visitor Centre. It is more of a community hub. On arrival you're greeted by the smell of bacon cooking. Several people were enjoying brunch. There was a good supply of papers and magazines to read. Comfortable seating. Toys and books for children. And all that in addition to the stock of books and cards to purchase, leaflets to pick up and information boards to read, that you expect in a conventional Visitor Centre. This is a great place to while away a whole morning and make friends.


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