Voe

Voe

Facilities:
Toilets, showers, fresh water, electricity, fuel, telephone, shop, launching slip, food and drink, bus service.

Voe MarinaVoe, the most Norwegian-looking village in Shetland, nestles at the head of the deep, sheltered, sea loch of Olna Firth and offers a newly revamped pier and marina. The approach is narrow and a productive mussel farming area so care is advised.

The traditional part of the village lies along the waterfront; the Pierhead, a wood-panelled pub/restaurant fully captures the essence with a real fire and occasional live music as well as offering the very best in traditional ales, wines and spirits as well as food prepared from the freshest, local produce (01806 588332).

Joinery and welding workshops are available and Johnson & Wood, Voe Bakery is also situated on the waterfront (01806 588245). A shop, Tagon Stores (01806 588286) and play park are situated on the main road up the hill from the pier.

Depth:
3.75 metres max.
Charge:
TBA
Contact:
Keith Robertson, 01806 588 708

Brae, at the head of Busta Voe, has a shop, post office and good facilities for visitors at Busta House Hotel, the Brae Hotel, the Mid Brae Inn and the Delting Boating Club. There is also a heated swimming pool at the North Mainland Leisure Centre and the area holds an annual sailing regatta.

The cruise around Muckle Roe will reveal the beautiful small inlets of the Hams of Roe, particularly North Ham edged with huge red cliffs, stacks and a natural arch. A cruise up the west side will take you through St. Magnus Bay where the Atlantic Ocean has battered the land into a scene of astounding beauty. To the north, the Isle of Nibon is a noted beauty spot and Hamar Voe is one of Shetland's few natural year-round anchorages.

Hillswick and Ura Firth are open to the south but safe enough for overnight summer anchoring, to enjoy a meal and drinks at the The Booth, one of Shetlands oldest buildings - now a vegetarian cafe as well as supporting a seal rescue centre in the back garden (01806,503348).

The cliff coast from Hillswick Ness to Uyea Isle is sensational. The Drongs stacks and the Dore Holm lead on to the basalt cliffs of the Skerry of Stenness, where there is a huge, square cave. Spectacular blow holes, The Holes of Scrada, stretching 132 yards inland were created when the roof of a deep and narrow sea cave collapsed are also not to be missed.

Further on is the Grind o’ da Navir (Gate of the Borer), where the sea has carved a huge, vertical sided gateway into the cliffs and thrown it inland.

Lang AyreNorth of Eshaness lighthouse is another Hamnavoe (meaning - the safe harbour). Ockran Head opens Shetland's longest sea loch, Ronas Voe, with an excellent anchorage at the head, overlooked by Shetland’s highest hill, Ronas Hill (standing at 1477‘) which is home to around 15 varieties of arctic flowering plant. Also en-route, west of Ronas Hill are the huge red cliffs and the Lang Ayre, Shetlands longest beach.

Fethaland was once Shetland’s busiest ‘haaf’ station, where traditional open rowing boats (sixareens) would return laden with fish after being out in the open sea (far haaf) for days on end. Sixty sixareens were based here and the ruins of twenty lodges still stand.

The gaunt Ramna Stacks, an RSPB bird reserve, mark the entrance to Yell Sound and the tanker lanes into Sullom Voe. Visiting yachts should call Sullom Voe Vessel Traffic System (VTS) on VHF Channel 14 before entering Yell Sound to ensure there is no conflicting traffic.

 

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