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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
Hillswick shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU280769
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
Dialling code 01806
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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 Lighthouse
Ura Firth
Baa Taing
The bay at Hillswick - geograph.org.uk - 551032.jpg
Location Hillswick
United Kingdom
Coordinates 60°27′13″N 1°29′47″W / 60.453557°N 1.496517°W / 60.453557; -1.496517
Year first constructed 1895 (first)
Year first lit n/a (current)
Foundation concrete base
Construction metal skeletal tower
Tower shape quadrangular tower covered by aluminium panels with light on the top
Markings / pattern white tower
Height 5 metres (16 ft)
Focal height 34 metres (112 ft)
Light source solar power
Range white: 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
red: 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) [1]
Characteristic Fl (4) WR 15s.
Admiralty number A3840
NGA number 3548
ARLHS number SCO-096
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[2]

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 blacksmiths, 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.

See also[edit]


  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 2017-08-11. 

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