From the hill above Collafirth the road north allows panoramic views across the islands in Yell Sound to the rugged west coast of Yell. To the left, all the way to North Roe, is the amazing near vertical scarps of ‘The Beorgs’ where a granite intrusion punched its way upwards through the surrounding rocks many millions of years ago. Also on the left, just past the Loch of Housetter, are Neolithic or Bronze Age ruins including two tall standing stones that mark the ‘Giant’s Grave’.
The route runs close along the shore at Burra Voe and a small loch; a good place to catch sight of seals or seabirds. Just beyond the school at North Roe a rough metalled track heads west for 4.5 miles (7km) to the deserted crofting township of Uyea. This track is not suitable for road bikes. Just beyond North Roe a rode to the left takes you on a 0.5 miles (1km) diversion to Sandvoe and a scenic beach. There is a challenging circular coastal walk from Sandvoe to Uyea returning along the track. Details are available on the Walk Shetland website: Sandvoe to Uyea Circular
From the route end at Isbister there is the prospect of another challenging but scenic walk to Fethaland. Fethaland was one of the largest open sea or ‘Haaf’ fishing stations that operated in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Fishing was by long line from open boats during the summer months and the fishermen stayed in lodges, often far from home; some of the ruined lodges still stand by the shore at Fethaland. Details are available on the Walk Shetland website: Fethaland Circular
Return via the A970. At Swinister you can choose to go back along the shore of Ronas Voe or continue on to join the Hillswick bound leg of the A970 at Sandy Lochs. The latter option is nearly 3 miles (4.5km) longer with more climbs.