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West Voe

West Voe Sands is located on the Southern tip of Shetland, right by Sumburgh Airport and the ancient settlements of Jarlshof and Old Scatness Broch.  The long white sand beach has very easy access and is popular with dog walkers and families.  Picnic tables with views down over the beach are available for use.

History

Explore the nearby historic settlement: Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement and the Visit Scotland Sumburgh Information Centre is nearby.

Natural Space

Nearby is Sumburgh Head RSPB reserve where you can encounter a large variety of seabirds and see puffins close up.

Setting

The long white sand beach has very easy access and is popular with dog walkers and families. Picnic tables with views down over the beach are available for use. 

Getting There

The nearest village to West Voe Sands is Virkie. From Lerwick take the A970 South to Sumburgh. The car park for the beach is to the right of the main road, just past the turning for Scatness and is opposite Sumburgh Airport.  There is a bus service from Lerwick to Sumburgh several times a day. The Scatness junction and Sumburgh Hotel stops are both close to the beach, see local bus timetables or visit www.shetland.gov.uk/transport for details. There is a national Sustrans road route which runs right past the beach.

Contact details

Dunrossness Community Council
01595 744 810
Visit Website

Facilities

Family Friendly Recreation Friendly Sandy Canoeing Toilets Windsurfing Sailing Wildlife Reserve Surfing Good for Wildlife Public Rescue Equipment