South Mainland attractions

Top Choice Lighthouse in Sumburgh

Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre

High on the cliffs at Sumburgh Head, this excellent attraction is set across several buildings. Displays explain about the lighthouse, foghorn and radar station that operated here, and there's a good exhibition on t…
Archaeological Site in Sumburgh


Old and new collide here, with Sumburgh airport right by this picturesque, instructive archaeological site. Various periods of occupation from 2500 BC to AD 1500 can be seen; the complete change upon the Vikings' ar…
Island in Bigton & Boddam

St Ninian's Isle

A couple of miles beyond Bigton is the largest shell-and-sand tombolo (sand or gravel isthmus) in Britain. Walk across to beautiful, emerald-capped St Ninian’s Isle, where you’ll find the ruins of a 12th-century chu…
Archaeological Site in Sumburgh

Old Scatness

This dig brings Shetland’s prehistory vividly to life; it’s a must-see for archaeology buffs, but fun for kids, too. Clued-up guides in Iron Age clothes show you the site, which has provided important clues on the V…
Historic Building in Sandwick & Mousa

Mousa Broch

On the island of Mousa, off Sandwick, this prehistoric fortified house, dating from some 2000 years ago, is an impressive sight. Rising to 13m, it’s an imposing double-walled structure with a spiral staircase to acc…
Museum in Bigton & Boddam

Shetland Crofthouse Museum

At Boddam a side road leads to the Shetland Crofthouse Museum (donations welcomed). The years drop away when you enter and step back into a primitive existence. Built in 1870, this former dwelling has been restored,…
Historic Building in Bigton & Boddam

Quendale Water Mill

South of Boddam, a minor road runs southwest to Quendale. Here you’ll find the small but excellent, restored and fully operational 19th-century Quendale Water Mill, the last of Shetland’s watermills. There's a DVD s…
Beach in Bigton & Boddam

Scousburgh Sands

This gloriously white sandy beach is backed by dunes and is Shetland's finest strand. Near it, Spiggie loch is an important bird reserve and also draws flyfishing folk.
Museum in Sandwick & Mousa

Hoswick Visitor Centre

Near Sandwick, Hoswick Visitor Centre has a great collection of old wirelesses (including the daddy of them all – the Murphy type). There are displays on fishing, whaling, weaving and peat casting, as well as nature…