Aith Marina, shop & lifeboat
Aith shown within 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.
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.
Buildings and structures
- Aith Lifeboat Station is most northerly in Britain, established in 1933.
- Aith Junior High School is situated in the centre of the village. The school has nursery, primary, and secondary departments with a combined roll of around 190 - 200. The secondary roll includes pupils from Sandness, Skeld, Happyhansel and Aith primary schools. The original school building, which opened in 1922 and became a Junior High in 1970, was located on the east of the main settlement, below the junction of the B9071 and Whitelaw Road. The school relocated to a new building in the more central location in 1982
- West Mainland Leisure Centre, opened 07/09/2002 and operated by Shetland Recreational Trust. Facilities include a main hall, squash court, swimming pool with paddling pool, fitness suite and health suite.
- Aith Marina
- Aith Community Hall, incorporating the Rankin Lounge.
John Nicolson; prolific 20th Century writer and political activist. His first book was entitled Sprigs o' Aithsting Heather and he wrote the words for The Galley Song which is sung annually at Up-Helly-Aa.
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).
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- "Sandsting & Aithsting Proposals Map" (PDF). Shetland Islands Council. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
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- "Welcome to Aith Junior High School". Aith Junior High School. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
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- "West Mainland Leisure centre". Shetland Recreational Trust. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "History and Culture - Up Helly Aa" (PDF). Shetland Guide. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "Aith citizens forced to evacuate village". STV. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
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