A glorious May afternoon in Unst, warm but breezy, so I went for a walk along Sandwick Beach.
The Sandwick area has been occupied throughout history and traces of the various occupants (pictish/late iron age, norse) have been documented.
Excavations have unearthed some of the stories (see the Sandwick Report).
An earlier excavation further along the beach shows a Viking longhouse.
Much later there was a settlement of crofts above the beach, until those were cleared or abandoned.
Further along from the end of the beach, along the headland, there is a churchyard with a chapel at Framgord.
In a corner of the yard there are three graves, three members of the crew of S/S “Hop” from Bergen, torpedoed 4.2.1940. The small Norwegian freighter had a crew of 15 and all were lost.
Well worth walking through the area, glimpsing traces of the history.
A trail for the area can be downloaded at the Shetland Amenity Website.