South House is a 20 minute walk to the wonderful St Magnus Bay Hotel, and the Hillswick Shop & Post Office.Apart from Oily Muggie Craft Shop, Hillswick also houses the seal sanctuary, a Blacksmiths with a gallery featuring metal work and photography, and an impressive collection of drift wood carvings prepared by a local resident artist. Find us on Google or Bing maps at ZE2 9RW. South House is a 10 minute drive from the Eshaness Cliffs and the Braewick Café (good cakes here). Our nearest ‘town’ is Brae - only 11 miles away and offers a number of bars and hotels, a leisure centre, an Indian take-away plus a Co-op open till 10pm.
Much To Do!
We guess it depends on why you’re here. Shetland is great fun!
Music, Up Helly A, Birdwatching, geology, ancient ruins, flora...Shetland has it all. Just chill out and enjoy the space or be more active.
Walking – there are some tremendous walks direct from South House. Maps are freely available at the cottage for your use. My favourite is to hike across the back of South House up to the Cairn at the top of the hill.What a view! Or you can go down to the fabulous beach. From here, it really is up to you. Whatever walking you plan to do, bring good waterproofs, including boots – cross-country in Shetland is boggy on occasions – even in summer the hills can be wet.
Cycling can be a challenge as Shetland is quite hilly but great fun. Sea Kayaking in Shetland is wonderful. There is also an excellent Sailing club in Brae.
In the summer everyone is very busy one way or another having a good time.There are frequent Foys and Sprees, the Big Bannock in North Roe being the most famous.
Brae has some great places to eat too. Our favourites are:
Frankie's Fish and Chips. The Bouillabaise and home made bread are to die for.
Busta House Hotel – fabulous food and warm environment
Mid Brae Inn – great portions (go for the lamb), and a cosy place to
be if the weather closes in
Brae Leisure Centre - If your looking for a swim, come here. For more
adventurous splashing with the kids go to the Clickimin in Lerwick, with
its flumes and ‘real rapids’ whirl pool.
Lerwick is a 45 minute drive away. Here, you’ll find 2 supermarkets and a range of independent and chain shops. There are also a wide range of places to eat and drink.