Just 5 miles (8km) long and 2 miles (3km) wide the island’s heritage is rooted in fishing and has a busy harbour at Symbister where there is a shop and post office. At the shop you can pick up the key to the little 18th Century waterfront Pier House, which is a museum to the German merchants of the Hanseatic League. Nearby is Grieve House Böd; one of Shetland Amenity Trust’s network of camping böds (camping barns).
A little over 1 mile (1.5km) out of Symbister our route takes a left turn towards Newpark. This takes you down to the coast and opens up terrific views of West Linga and Lunna Ness beyond. At Creediknowe the route turns to the right, but to the left is the dramatic view of the church at Kirk Ness which sits on its own island linked by a causeway.