Aith

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Aith
PicAithMarina.jpg
Aith Marina, shop & lifeboat
Aith is located in Shetland
Aith
Aith
 Aith shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU344557
Civil parish Sandsting
Council area Shetland
Lieutenancy area Shetland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
Dialling code 01595
Police Scottish
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Coordinates: 60°17′02″N 1°22′44″W / 60.284°N 1.379°W / 60.284; -1.379

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.[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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aith Junior High School - Travel Plan". Shetland Islands Council. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lifeboat Gala day a huge success in Aith". RNLI. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Holman, Katherine (2007). The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland. Signal Books. p. 169. ISBN 9781904955344. 
  4. ^ "Sandsting & Aithsting Proposals Map". Shetland Islands Council. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Lifeboat Station: Aith". RNLI. Archived from the original on 3 January 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Aith Junior High School". Aith Junior High School. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Aith Junior High School, Bixter". Schoolsnet. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "West Mainland Leisure centre". Shetland Recreational Trust. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "History and Culture - Up Helly Aa". Shetland Guide. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Aith citizens forced to evacuate village". STV. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 

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