Sandwick, Shetland

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View over the Geo of Sandwick - - 1701768.jpg
A view over the Geo of Sandwick, towards the settlement
Sandwick is located in Shetland
Sandwick shown within Shetland
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Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
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59°59′49″N 1°13′23″W / 59.997°N 1.223°W / 59.997; -1.223Coordinates: 59°59′49″N 1°13′23″W / 59.997°N 1.223°W / 59.997; -1.223

Sandwick (Old Norse: Sandvik "Sandy Bay") is an ancient parish in the Shetland Islands that had been merged in 1891, along with Cunningsburgh, into Dunrossness It is located 13 miles south of Lerwick in the South Mainland. It comprises a number of distinct settlements in very close proximity to each other, each remaining distinct through being separated by agricultural land. These settlements within Sandwick include Old Sandwick (often just called "Sandwick" or "San'ick"), Lebitton, Broonies' Taing, Stove, Swinister and Hoswick - the latter of which is almost a village in its own right and is often considered distinct from Sandwick.


Sandwick has a bakery, the "Sandwick Baking Company" which also serves as post office, grocer. There is a village hall known as "Carnegie Hall" which hosts dances, drama performances and other local events. Separately the village also has a youth club and community centre.[1] There are two licensed premises, Sandwick Social Club and the Orca Bay Hotel (formerly known for over 20 years as the Barclay Arms).

Sandwick Junior High School, near Broonies' Taing, is both the primary school for the village and the main secondary school for the whole of the South Mainland.[2]

Leisure and tourism[edit]

At Lebitton there is a pier from which, during the tourist season, it is possible to take a boat trip to the island of Mousa. The local sailing club, who race both dinghies and traditional 'Shetland Model' boats and who host an annual sailing and rowing regatta, is also based here. In the centre of the village there is a children's park, and a football pitch at which the village's football team play their home games. Ness United FC also play some home games here. The village also has a modern public indoor swimming pool. Cricket is played on the playing fields of the school.

At Hoswick there is a knitwear factory which also has a small shop. Hoswick also has a visitors' centre and cafe.

People from Sandwick[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sandwick". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Parent Councils". Shetland Islands Council. Retrieved 9 August 2013.

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