Things to do
There is a lot to see and do, not only in Skeld but across the whole of the westside, all of which is within easy reach. It is an ideal location for walking, cycling, fishing and archaeological exploration.
Walking and Climbing
The west mainland offers many miles of coastal and moorland walks. It displays some of the most dramatic sea stack and cliff scenery to be found anywhere. You can enjoy spectacular coastal walks around Culswick and Westerwick and if you travel to Sandness and climb the Sandness Hill you will be rewarded with a panoramic view that takes in most of Shetland.
See the Wildlife
The coast is home to nesting seabirds, particularly fulmars, greater black baked gulls and cormorants. Ravens also favour these cliffs for their nest sites. Oystercatchers are a particular delight to the area. Seals play in the voe and can be watched from the campsite or from the hyde, which faces south and overlooks one of their favourite resting points. Otters are also frequent visitors to the voe and surrounding areas.
There are hundreds of freshwater lochs throughout the westside to tempt anglers, with good stocks of brown trout. The Culswick lochs are in a great spot for both fishing and wildlife watching.
Exploring historical sites
Traces of ancient farmsteads and field systems are everywhere. Excavated habitation sites are situated at the Scord of Brouster and Stanydale temple; the excellent remains of a neolithic hall. The Westside also has several ruined brochs and fortified circular stone towers, including the Broch of Culswick which is well worth a visit.
Kayaking and Canoeing
The sheltered voe offers an ideal place to explore the coastline, out the voe we have many caves waiting to be explored by canoe.
Discover the Westside
Visit our local interests page for details of places which are definitely worth exploring while your here. We would also recommend a picnic trip to the Michael’s Wood Gardens in Aith.
For a real taste of Skeld hospitality schedule your trip for the last weekend of July (approx.) when the annual regatta is held. There is rowing, yachting, fishing and lots of socialising!
The west mainland leisure centre is just 10 miles away in Aith, with an indoor swimming pool, gym and squash facilities.