North of Nesting lies Lunnasting, in which the main village is Vidlin. It lies on Vidlin Voe, a sheltered inlet with a marina for local boats at its head. There is also a ferry terminal here, used when the weather prevents use of the terminal at Laxo. Vidlin is an ancient settlement with an Iron Age broch lying under the foundations of the present Methodist kirk.
The landscape of Lunnasting is formed from schist and gneiss rocks, eroded relics of the ancient Caledonian Mountains, formed over 500 million years ago and carved by ice into whale-backed hills and long inlets. When the ice melted around 12,000 years ago it left many textbook features of a glaciated landscape - channels cut through hilltops, over-deepened valleys, curiously-shaped rock outcrops and moraines - huge accumulations of glacial debris.
The road north from Vidlin leads to Lunna, where there is a tiny whitewashed church. Lunna Kirk dates from 1753, though there was a church on the site before then. There was also, it is said, an early monastery on Chapel Knowe, just to the north, and the whole area has more than enough lumps and bumps to set any archaeologist’s pulse racing. The church is the oldest in continuous use in Shetland and it is also one of the most beautiful.
Lunna preceded Scalloway as the secret wartime base for the little fishing boats that smuggled spies, saboteurs, radios, ammunition and explosives into Nazi-occupied Norway and brought back refugees from the Gestapo. The operation was known as the Shetland Bus and the story of these heroic and terrifying voyages, in midwinter darkness, storms and often under enemy fire, is told in the book of that name by David Howarth, the British naval officer who helped run the operation from Lunna House. Below the house is the stone pier from where so many brave Norwegian Resistance fighters sailed to their deaths. Howarth is commemorated in the churchyard.
Not far away are the lonely Loch of Stofast and the mysterious Stanes of Stofast. Once a single 2,000 tonne boulder, now broken in two by the action of repeated freezing and thawing, the Stanes were once part of a nunatak (a large angular or jagged rock protruding above the ice in a glaciated area) which collapsed following the retreat of the ice during the last glacial period. Like the nearby Lunning peninsula, this is a heavily glaciated landscape with eerily-shaped rocks associated with the trows (trolls) of Shetland folklore.