The memorial to those who were lost at Sullom Voe in the Second World War lies in the layby at the furthest point on the access road to which you are advised to travel unless you have oil business.Scatsta airbase was built for fighters to protect the flying-boat base which existed in the voe. You can still see the remains of structures...piers,...more
If your not working in the oil business or fishing then just a normal tourist then read on.....The sunny side of Shetland Touring the WestsideTraditionally, the Westside begins at the top of the hill dividing Weisdale from Aithsting and Sandsting. Just below the summit, the road leading down to the leafy gardens of Tresta crosses a fault in the...more
Possible short outings from Voe are 1.to the nearby island of Muckle Roe which is linked by bridge to the Shetland mainland and provides shelter to the arm of the sea on which Voe is situated or 2.to the scenic north section of the Shetland mainland( Northmavine)which contains Shetland's highest hill( Ronas Hill). This area is reached over the...more
Bring a bottle of Scotch Whiskey and sit on the shore facing the North Sea. Watch the seagulls and hear the wind blowing. Make sure you have at least 2 Shetland sweaters on and a waterproof anorak.
Great place if your on the run or don't want to run into someone your avoiding like the plague.
Dress Code: Wellington boots, lots of wooley jumpers,jeans, long johns.
Since public transport will be limited the best way to get there is by car. Cars may be taken to Shetland on the ferry from Aberdeen. The crossing(overnight) takes 14 hours. It is not uncommon for the sea to be rough. Voe lies on the main A970 road from the island capital of Lerwick to the north mainland and is situated just before the junction to...more
If you can't wait to get to Shetland, you can fly here from the UK or Europe - through combination of direct flights from Scotland and quick connections with places further afield.If you’d like to come at a more restful pace, the trip overnight by sea with P&O Ferries from Aberdeen makes the perfect beginning and end to your Shetland break.more
In Shetland Great Skuas are common. If you approach their breeding grounds these large brown sea birds will repeatedly dive bomb you, with their feet passing at speed just above your head. I don't know though if this is a particular problem around Voe.
VOE HOUSE - WALLS Overlooking the picturesque village of Walls, Voe House is a fascinating building which has been carefully restored using recycled building materials. The original building, now derelict, is thought to have been a 16th century manse. The böd itself probably dates from the mid 18th century and the kitchen area was once a cycle...more
Shetland's airport for internal flights is at Tingwall,about 15 miles south of Voe. From here it might be possible to fly for a day trip to the outlying islands of Fair Isle or Foula. These are especially interesting for their bird life and Foula has high cliffs. It is also possible to sail to these islands but not to get back on the same day and...more
Fondest memory: Voe is a scattered village at the head of the Olna Firth. There are more trees than is usual in Shetland but they are stunted. As far as I can remember the surroundings are relatively green and it seemed like an oasis after passing through the very bleak Lang Kames area north of Lerwick.