Just outside Hilswick take the B9078 to Eshaness. This road is a series of longish climbs and dips for the 3.5 miles (5.5km) to Braewick but is one of the most scenic stretches of road in Shetland. From the dip down to the dazzling bay of Sandwick each rise towards Braewick affords sweeping panoramas across St Magnus Bay to Papa Stour with the high peaks of Foula in the far distance. There are clear views from the hill above Zoar of the rock pillars in the cliff known as the Heads of Groken and of the iconic Drongs sea stacks just off the Ness of Hillswick. Topping Watch Hill and looking north-west there is an amazing view across Brae Wick and all over the expanse of the flat ground that makes up Esha Ness.
Esha Ness was once an active volcano some 390 million years ago and lavas and ash from this period make up the whole of Esha Ness. Geopark Shetland has produced a Volcano Trail guide to the area and this can be purchased at Braewick Cafe or downloaded from Geopark Shetland’s website.