Spring Awakening

by Helen Smith -

Lots of visitor attractions are now open for the summer season. The Shetland Heritage Associationwebsite has a handy map showing where the heritage centres are. A personal favourite of mine is the Quendale Mill (pictured); combine a visit with a walk along the Quedale beach - you'll most likely have the beach to yourselves (it's also recommended by Jim Leask, which we'll come to later). Or, if you're heading north to see the Eshaness cliffs, you should make time to pop along the Tangwick Haa museum.

The Shetland Gallery in Yell, is another personal favourite of mine - you'll find all types of Shetland arts there; original paintings by Ruth Brownlee, paintings and jewellery by Mike Finne, basket weaves by Jeanette Novak and many more besides. Next door, to the Shetland Gallery is Global Yell, a place where you're find beautiful textiles. These places (and many more) are included in the Craft Trail - what better way to explore the isles than going from one craft maker to the next?

In Unst, you can pop along Boat Haven to see displays of boats and how they were worked - or you can visit the Unst Heritage Centre for knitting and spinning demonstrations, held each Friday afternoon.

This is only a small selection of what's on offer throughout the isles. I'll bring you more "must visit" locations next month.