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The bay at Hillswick - geograph.org.uk - 551032.jpg
The bay at Hillswick, looking across the bay with the main settlement on the far shore
Hillswick is located in Shetland
Location within Shetland
OS grid referenceHU280769
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtZE2
Dialling code01806
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Hillswick Lighthouse
Ura Firth
Baa Taing Edit this at Wikidata
Baa Taing light - geograph.org.uk - 551044.jpg
Coordinates60°27′13″N 1°29′47″W / 60.453557°N 1.496517°W / 60.453557; -1.496517
Constructed1895 (first)
First litn/a (current)
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapequadrangular tower covered by aluminium panels with light on the top
Markingswhite tower
Tower height5 metres (16 ft)
Focal height34 metres (112 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Rangewhite: 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
red: 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) [1]
CharacteristicFl (4) WR 15s.
Admiralty numberA3840
NGA number3548
ARLHS numberSCO-096
OperatorNorthern Lighthouse Board[2]
List of places
60°28′34″N 1°29′20″W / 60.476°N 1.489°W / 60.476; -1.489Coordinates: 60°28′34″N 1°29′20″W / 60.476°N 1.489°W / 60.476; -1.489

Hillswick is a small village in Northmavine, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and lies to the north-north west of Mainland, Shetland, the most northerly group of islands in the United Kingdom. It is situated 35 mi (56 km) from Lerwick.[3] There is a community shop,[4] a blacksmith, a public hall, a health centre, and a Church of Scotland kirk that is now mainly used for funerals, weddings and christenings. There is a wildlife sanctuary, situated at the historic former Hanseatic trading booth on the seafront, a small private art gallery with occasional public exhibitions, and the St Magnus Bay Hotel which offers accommodation, bar and restaurant services. A large dairy and sheep farm takes up the spectacular peninsula called Hillswick Ness, but there is public access and a signed walking route. There is a modern primary school at nearby Urafirth. A small automatic lighthouse is located 1.5 miles south of Hillswick, at the tip of the Ness.

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  1. ^ Hillswick Light Lighthouse Explorer. Retrieved 30 May 2016
  2. ^ Hillswick (Ura Firth, Baa taing) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 30 May 2016
  3. ^ "Overview of Hillswick". Scottish Places. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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