There’s much to see in Weisdale. The head of Weisdale Voe is a good place to look out for wading birds, while three hundred yards up the B9075 road is the beautifully restored Weisdale Mill, housing the Bonhoga art gallery, which shows a continuous programme of touring and local exhibitions. There’s a small shop with unusual gifts and a café overlooking the stream, from which you may be able to watch the local heron as you relax over tea or coffee.
A little farther north, beyond the Mill, is the largest stand of trees in Shetland, transforming the upper part of the valley into a landscape quite unlike any other in Shetland. In one of the plantations stands the secluded farmhouse of Flemington, or Kergord, which once served as the Special Operations Executive's HQ for the wartime Shetland Bus operation. The plantations, now being managed and extended, attract woodland birds rare elsewhere in the islands, including chaffinches and rooks.
Returning to Weisdale Voe, the road west climbs steadily towards the Scord of Sound, giving magnificent views to the south. Below, there are more trees and, in this case, they shade a churchyard. Nearby is the birthplace of John Clunies Ross, self-styled 'king' of the Cocos Islands in the 19th century.
It’s possible to base yourself in Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale, as there is a small hotel and several guest houses.