At the Skellister junction on the approach to South Nesting Bay, the road passes a prehistoric standing stone high on the hillside above the road. After clinging to the rugged coast of South Nesting Bay the road climbs over the hills to Dury in North Nesting, with some very nice views north to Lunnasting and east to Whalsay. There is a long haul with rolling wild moorland on your left and the waters of Dury Voe on your right to the Junction of the B9071 at Laxo.
Following the B9071 east, just beyond the ferry terminal at Laxo is the Cabin Museum at the Wirlie. This museum is crammed full of mementoes, artefacts, photographs and curios. The small village of Vidlin lies on the sheltered Vidlin Voe lies 1.5 miles (2.5km) beyond. Vidlin has a well stocked shop and is the ferry terminal (with public toilets) for the service to Out Skerries.
‘The Third Way’ - An Alternative Route North.
Since the National Cycle Network route through North Mainland has both east and west coast options, cyclists are invited to make a judgement about which is their preferred option. The more desirable cycling option of the two is a close call as both have beautiful sections on quiet single-track roads. However, the straight section of the A970 north of Tingwall (on the east route) can be busy and carries fast traffic.
It is possible to link the west and east routes through Central Mainland by taking the west route via Wormadale on the A971, then linking to the east route via Weisdale on the B9075 and then a much shorter section on the A970. This option through Weisdale is through one of Shetland’s prettiest valleys and Kergord wood for around 4 miles (6.5km), then south for just over 1 mile(2km) on the fast A970 for linking up with the Nesting loop road around the east. This third option is longer, but combines the best of both signposted routes.