As you approach the head of the harbour, take a wide berth around all shoals, and enter the marina to the north of the small island. Power and water are available at the new public pier, which is recommended for larger yachts. The family- run bakery and tea room are close at hand.
Just off Vaila Sound is an award winning restaurant, Burrastow House, where much of the food is grown on the premises in one of Shetland's most productive gardens.
The island of Vaila has an area of around 3km². It supports a magnificent Edwardian mansion, the largest house of its kind in Shetland, and the ancient watch tower, Mucklaberry Castle.