Hoswick Visitors Centre is a convenient stop for visitors, located halfway between Lerwick and Sumburgh. We have a popular café, a large range of information to help visitors planning their visit to Shetland. A well-stocked shop carries a wide range of locally produced crafts.
Established in 2000, Sandwick Social and Economic Development SCIO (SSED) is a community development organisation, based in Hoswick, which is part of the community of Sandwick in the south mainland of Shetland. SSED has a Committee of 8 Trustees, elected annually. SSED owns or leases and manages facilities at Sandsayre which is the Mousa ferry departure point from the historic Sandsayre Pier which is also managed by SSED. SSED has a formal partnership agreement with Shetland Amenity Trust as manager of Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark. This demonstrates SSED’s commitment to upholding the values of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.
SSED’s major asset is the Hoswick Visitor Centre which has recently been upgraded and a car park and outdoor interpretive area has been added. The Visitor Centre has a café, interpretive displays, Visitors’ information, office rental and provides community meeting space. To maximise the value of Visitors’ time spent at Hoswick, SSED is working together with the other attractions in the Hoswick cluster: Karlin Anderson – new jewellery workshop and shop, Laurence Odie Knitwear, Nielanell Designer Knitwear, GAETS promoting the network of footpaths.
A major part of the Visitors Centre’s business is to promote, display and manage retail sales of local craft producers.
SSED employs part time seasonal café staff but all other roles such as managing and developing its facilities are delivered by volunteers. Throughout the year we aim to work together with our local craft producers, Independent Tour Operators and Guides, all local businesses and suppliers and wider community that benefit from the growing Tourism Industry. The Visitors Centre is open 7 days a week from April to October, closing for the October holidays. Winter opening days are Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 – 4.00pm.
Any variation to the opening hours are advertised on our Facebook page.
The Visitors Centre is open 7 days a week from April to October, closing for the October holidaysWinter opening days are Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 – 4.00pm - 1 Any variation to the opening hours are advertised on our Facebook page - 2
3 coaches can comfortably park at Hoswick, with coach passengers being able to visit the cluster of attractions in the immediate area
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