- Levenwick is about 17 miles south of the island's capital, Lerwick.
- Levenwick bay with beach, headland walk and rock-pools, 15 minutes stroll from the campsite.
- Local walks around and from Levenwick; broch remains, sandy beach, hills, cliffs, farmland, lochs, marsh and moor surrounding with various wildlife to complement.
- Magical experiences of simmer dim at mid-summer and the aurora borealis as dark nights return.
- Saturday Club throughout the year and Sunday Teas in the Hall serving hot drinks, juice, fresh sandwiches and home bakes. Check the Community Hall page for dates of what's been happening and What's On for future events.
- Wildflower picnic garden and tennis court adjacent to the campsite.
The wildlife of Shetland is unforgettably varied. With massive cliff-face colonies of nesting sea birds, arctic hares, otters, whales, basking sharks, oyster-catchers, snipes, curlews, Shetland ponies and a unique breed of sheep, you're guaranteed to feel close to nature every day. Rare migrant birds are sometimes blown off course and make landfall on the Isles. Daffodils line roadsides and fill gardens from late March to April followed by tulips and bluebells and the new buds of fuchsias which flower until autumn. Look for the Aurora Borealis during the cooler, darker nights and unimaginable star-gazing opportunities outside the magical simmer dim season.
From the Levenwick campsite, take a short walk down to the bay where you will find a sandy beach and coastal walk around the headland. During the summer watch great skuas fly overhead and arctic terns and gannets fishing in the sea below.
Out & about and other info
- The Shetland Islands archipelago comprises around 300 islands, 16 are inhabited with the most northerly being Unst.
- Sumburgh Head RSPB Nature Reserve: nesting sea birds and rare migrants. You may even be lucky enough to see a whale! The historic Stevenson lighthouse buildings have just undergone renovation and now include a visitor centre.
- St.Ninian's Isle: the half-kilometer tombolo (sand-bank) which connects the isle to the mainland can be walked across except at very high tides or rough seas. A hoard of 8th century silver, which may have been stolen during a Viking raid, was found here in 1958 during an excavation. Some replicas of the treasure can be seen in the Shetland Museum in Lerwick.
- Scalloway: Collect the key to The Castle from the new museum in the town.
- There are various guided walks and wildlife tours throughout the Isles (see link).
- Boat trips to Noss, Fair Isle, Fetlar and Mousa: Take a guided walk to the old stone broch on Mousa at midnight while storm petrels fly in from the sea to circle the broch and call to their partners at the nest. Unforgettable. 10 minute drive from Levenwick, departing from Aithsvoe in Cunningsburgh. Day trips also. Call to book and check weather.
- Lerwick town has shops, restaurants, Museum & Archives, live music and cinema (Mareel), supermarkets, car hire, bus station, a leisure centre and a very handy tourist information centre in the heart of the town.
- Farmers' markets- various towns throughout the isles selling local produce. Craft Fairs and other events are also signposted (usually in Lerwick) as the dates approach.
- Jarlshof and Scatness visitor attractions are ancient settlements at Shetland's southern tip.
- Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale has a cafe, gallery and shop. Various other cafes and craft shops can be found about the isles. Look out for the new Craft Trail signs for authentic Shetland-made goods.
- Sports: golf courses, sea-kayaking, leisure centre and diving guides. We have a tennis court at the campsite.
- Loch of Spiggie Nature Reserve and Spiggie Sands beach, ten minute drive south of Levenwick. Wintering wildfowl and breeding waders. An osprey and a rare night heron have been seen in this area.
- Shetland Nature Festival (summer), find events and activities including boat trips throughout the isles to enjoy the best of Shetland's nature.
- Lerwick - Bergen ship race 2014 will start in Bergen on Wednesday 25th June with ships arriving on Thursday 26th in Lerwick. The return leg will begin on Sunday 29th. Around 40 yatchs will be competing.
- www.visit.shetland.org for more tourist info throughout the isles.