West Sandwick Beach , Yell

Yell sometimes gat a ‘hard time in the press’ with lots of people only seeing the view from the main road as they rush between ferries heading north or south. But it’s an island with as much to offer as any other, if not more.

For families there are two fantastic beaches that are easily accessible to families and one of them is just off the main route across the island as West Sandwick where access route ARY03 leads down to it.

You can find the ferry time tables here.

A track leads you down to a carpark with picnic benches and local information and from there it is just a short walk down a few stone steps to reach the beach itself.

This hide away beach is lovely and look out across Yell Sound to North Roe on the Shetland mainland. The northern end has a small burn running into the sea that you may see small fish in and there is a small dune area at the back, so there’s usually a sheltered spot to enjoy. In summer months you’ll see passing gannets and terns fishing in the bay along with the odd seal popping up to keep an eye on you.

While you’re there its worth a little wander south on the grassy banks to get a different view on the beach and coast too.

The carpark and beach are cleaned and looked after by volunteers from the local community who take great pride in this little gem, so please help to keep it tidy for all to enjoy. You could even do a little ‘redd up’ and collect any beach debris to put in the bins in the carpark.

We’ll have a few more walks in Yell coming up in the future, so watch this space, enjoy your time in Shetlands outdoors and don’t forget the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.


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