Michaelswood, Shetland

Situated on the west mainland of Shetland, the award winning wildlife haven, Michaelswood, is one of those secret hideaway places that once discovered is never forgotten.

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Michaelswood - a very special place

Michaelswood is a community led project that works in partnership with schools, nurseries and other educational and local groups, raising awareness of nature and the environment.

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Wooden Pirate ship in the children's play area at Michaelswood

Alex, Our Little Trekkers Ambassador for Shetland loves taking her family here:

One of our favourite places to visit in Shetland is a small plantation of trees and shrubs called Michaelswood. Michaelswood in Aith was created by Ray, Betty and Alan Ferrie in memory of their son/brother Michael.

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Play table and toy cars in the children's play area at Michaelswood

Hundreds of trees have been planted at Michaelswood by volunteers over the years. There is also a bird observatory, a pond, a “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” area, benches, a pirate ship to play in, and a "Philosophers’ Trail".

A Stone’s Throw Away

  • East Burrafirth – Some great hill walking to be had here. A path leads up the Burn of Lunklet to the waterfall and on to some fantastic views of the Westside’s lochs, hills and islands.
  • Aith Pier – Here at Little Trekkers we have great admiration for the RNLI. One of their most modern lifeboats, a 17-metre, ‘Severn’ class boat, is stationed at Aith.
  • Staneydale Temple – Dating back to the Stone Age these heel-shaped ruins are thought to be almost 4,000 years old.
Ordnance Survey Maps for this Area

OS Landranger Map Shetland – North Mainland

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