Aith

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Coordinates: 60°17′02″N 1°22′44″W / 60.284°N 1.379°W / 60.284; -1.379

Aith
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Aith is located in Shetland
Aith
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 Aith shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU344557
Council area Shetland
Lieutenancy area Shetland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
Dialling code 01595
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Orkney and Shetland
Scottish Parliament Shetland
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Aith, (Shetland dialect: Eid, Old Norse: Eið, meaning Isthmus, cf Eday), is a village on the Northern coast of the West Shetland Mainland at the southern end of Aith Voe, some 21 miles west of Lerwick.

Aith lies on the B9071 that runs south to the junction with the A971 (which links Lerwick to the west of Shetland) at the village of Bixter and North East via East Burrafirth to the junction with the A970 (which links Lerwick to the North) at the village of Voe. A single track road leads north from Aith along the west shoreline of Aith Voe to Vementry.[1]

Every year in early June the Aith Lifeboat Gala is held to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, featuring a jarl squad and displays by the Shetland Coastguard among other activities.[2]

History[edit]

Aith village

The modern settlement occupies an area originally named Aithsting during the period of Norse occupation. The surrounding Parish is still known as Aithsting as 'Aithsting'.[3][4]

Buildings and structures[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

John Nicolson; prolific 20th Century writer and political activist.[citation needed] His first book was entitled Sprigs o' Aithsting Heather[citation needed] and he wrote the words for The Galley Song which is sung annually at Up-Helly-Aa.[9]

Notable events[edit]

20/02/2008 - Several houses in Aith were evacuated due to a fire in the local garage prompting fears that oxyacetylene canisters stored there may explode (the garage was destroyed and the site later cleared).[10]

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