Some people from Walls commute by bus or car to Lerwick, or perhaps Brae or Sullom Voe, but most of the employment in the district is in public services such as the school and care home, in fishing or aquaculture, or in agriculture. Walls stages one of the three biggest annual agricultural shows in Shetland.
The smaller, quite scattered community at Sandness, on the north-western corner of the west mainland, is reached by a winding road over moorland studded with lochs. Locals enjoy spectacular views over St Magnus Bay and towards the small inhabited island of Papa Stour, which is served by a ferry from West Burrafirth.
There is a local hall here and a primary school. The main centre of activity and local employment is the spinning mill, and no more so than during Shetland Wool Week – you can read a blog about a visit here. However, there are also a couple of local craft businesses that feature in the Shetland Craft Trail, namely Morwenna Garrick Textile Design and Journeyman Leather.
Papa Stour is a beautiful island, noted for its wonderful coastline that features caves and natural arches. Its population these days is fewer than 20, less than half the number present in the 1970s after the local postmaster launched a successful national appeal for new residents. People here have generally lived by crofting and fishing.