Things to Do in & Around Hoswick
Enjoy tea and homebakes, outdoors if weather permits. Where possible, our café uses locally produced food products. Relax in a comfortable seat, upstairs in the Visitors Centre, while browsing the local information.
Once you’ve been refreshed, fed and watered you can explore the local area. Take a walk along the Hoswick burn or walk round the rompa loop. Take the kids to the Hoswick playpark which was created and put together by locals. Have a drive down to Sandsayre to have a look at the interpretive boards in the Mousa Ferry waiting room. If you are lucky you might even see Orcas hunting in the water at Sandsayre or between Broonies Taing, Hoswick Bay and Levenwick.
Check the website for GAETS (Garden and Ecology Trails Sandwick), to identify the choice of footpaths following the route of the ‘Hoswick burn’. ‘Gaet’ is the Shetland dialect word for path.
A limited number of printed leaflets will be available describing the paths and flora and fauna to be found on your walk.
You might choose to walk along the beach, while skimming some stones. If you have already seen the interpretation of the Hoswick Whale Case, you may think what the scene would have been on that day in 1888.
A walk through the little village of Hoswick will remind you that this is an old established community. Constructed in 1907 by Hoswick men, the drains could be flushed by releasing the valve on the Victorian pump which remains adjacent to the track and below the ‘reservoir’. Drains were flushed on Fridays when the women had to scrub the drains!
Please note this download file is low resolution and has been repaginated for screen viewing.
Sandsayre – Mousa Ferry
For over forty years there has been a regular summer service taking visitors on the short crossing from Sandsayre to Mousa and back. The Skipper and crew are typical friendly and helpful Shetlanders who will make your trip a pleasure and informative experience. The latest Mousa boat has seating for 60 passengers and is a purpose-built twin engine class VI vessels fully equipped to the stringent MCA regulations. Besides its scheduled ferry service there are tours around the local coastal waters, and the Mousa boat is also available for private charter – an ideal opportunity for clubs and large groups or just family and friends.
Apart from the cafe and HVC crafts, Hoswick also has three other creative businesses that you can buy items from. You can buy authentic woollen garments from Shetland Woollen Co., hand crafted jewellery from Karlin Anderson jewellery workshop and designer knitwear from Nielanell Inventive Knitwear. Below are their websites for you to have a look at.
Get In Touch
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.