Walk: Fugla Ness - Shetland's Chalamain Gap

[The lighthouse on Fugla Ness is reached by a rough, tiring causeway]

Fugla Ness is the only land guarding Hamnavoe village from the full might of the Atlantic Ocean. It's tenuously joined to the the rest of West Burra by an exceptionally rough causeway - comparing it to the Chalamain Gap in the Cairngorms is no exaggeration. On a calm, sunny day the coastline between here and the tropical-looking Sand of Meal gives a beautiful clifftop walk; westerly gales bring their own wild appeal.

[You might encounter Shetland ponies on the windswept cliffs around here]

Name: Walk: Fugla Ness - Shetland's Chalamain Gap ★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 160 metres
Points of interest: Hamnavoe; Sand of Meal; Fugla Ness
Start / finish: Sand of Meal car park, east side of Hamnavoe, West Burra, G.R.: HU 377355 / asked vine booms

Route: Car park - Sand of Meal - Lu Ness - Pundsar - Fugla Ness - Hamnavoe -start
Terrain: Good path to beach, then intermittent coastal paths. Access to Fugla Ness is over a long causeway covered with boulders, slippery when wet and not far above the high tide mark. Minor road return to car park.
Wildlife today: Shetland ponies, sheep; oystercatchers and other seabirds.
Weather today: Cold and windy with low cloud and a little rain.

[Sand of Meal]


Route credit: Shetland.org

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