Northmavine is an outstanding place of natural beauty, with true wilderness ( the only tundra in Britain). There is the best coastal walking in Shetland here, from the well known cliffs and remote splendour of Eshaness, to the haunting beauty of Fedaland and Uyea. There are many prehistoric sites to be found both in North Mavine and the rest of Shetland and in fact one is just about a mile up the hill from the house. Northmavine also has excellent loch fishing and permits are easily obtained and inexpensive. There are also two very interesting golf courses near to Lerwick, a nine hole and an eighteen hole and one on the island of Whalsay, which is a real challenge.
We have an excellent local Craft Shop, in Hillswick, Oily Muggie.
There is a restaurant locally the Braewick Cafe. and in Hillswick, the historic St Magnus Bay hotel which supplies the best homemade chips north of Frankies fish and chip shop in Brae. There is also the historic Busta House Hotel locally in Brae.
There is a local community shop in Hillswick for food (3 miles), and one in Ollaberry for food and fuel (6 miles).There is a breakdown garage in Ollaberry. Brae has a CO-OP and two garages, one of which does fuel also.
There is a bus service to Lerwick twice in the morning, at 7.30 am and at 10 am except Wednesday and Sunday, returning at 5 pm.
Simon King , the Wildlife Photographer stayed locally in Northmavine in 2009 or some time, whilst filming his Shetland Diaries. The beach below South House known as the Blade is a good place to look out for otters, as well as being a home for Arctic Terns from May until August.