SULEM VOE TO FEIDELAND.
Roe—Fishing Station at Feideland.
AN leaving Sulem Voe, our
attention is attracted by ^ the peninsula of Gluss, on the west side of
its entrance, protecting the nice little Voe of Bardister, at the head
of which stands the neat house of the same name. It is the residence of
Mr Henderson of Bardister, a member of the family which has possessed
the property for several generations. Upwards of a mile to the north of
Bardister, the fertile lands of Ollaberry surround a firie little bay,
looking out upon th§ Sound of Yell. This is one of the prettiest spots
in Shetland On a fine summer evening nothing in the far north can excel
the beauty of the scene. The estate of Ollaberry belongs to Mr Gideon
Anderson, whose well-built dwelling-house is worthy of its situation.
Near it are a neat little Mission Church, recently built by subscription
by the Established Church, and a good specimen of a country mercantile
establishment. At the head of the bay, the United Presbyterians have,
within the last ten or twelve years, erected a very handsome and
substantial set of buildings. Church, manse, and school, are within a
few feet of each other.
A sail along the coast,
between Ollaberry and the extreme north point, will amply repay the
traveller. The junction between land and sea is effected by means of
steep and moderately high banks, presenting beautiful undulations, and
covered, in the proper season, by most luxuriant verdure. Each bay and
voe along this course has its own features of interest and beauty.
The small Voe of
Quayfirth, comparatively wide at the entrance, gradually becomes
narrower, and tapers to a point at its inner end. The fine large
land-locked bay of Colafirth, farther north, has an exactly opposite
shape. The principal place along its shores is Lochend, which, like most
favourable situations in Shetland, can boast of a shop. North Roe, which
lies along the shores of an open roadstead, is of some importance as
supplying the spiritual and material wants of the hyperborean region
around. It is graced by a neat little church, recently erected by
subscription, by the friends of the Established Church, and a well-built
Wesleyan chapel and chapel-house, besides two mercantile establishments.
We are now very near the
most northerly extremity of Northmavine and of the Mainland of Shetland,
but have not reached one of its most interesting localities. Nearly
three miles beyond North Roe is the long Ness of Feideland, jutting out
north-eastwards into the sea, its rugged and craggy shores speaking too
plainly of the violent element that almost surrounds it. The name of
this tongue of land is derived from the richness of its grass. On the
low marshy isthmus, which prevents the Ness from becoming an island,
numerous rows of huts mark the site of the largest fishing-station in
Shetland. In the summer season, Feideland presents a very lively scene.
Men assemble from all parts of Northmavine, Delting, and Yell. Their
six-oared boats are constantly arriving from, or setting out for the
deep sea, while the beach is all life and animation with fish-curers,
beach boys, and women splitting, washing, salting, and drying the
valuable products of the deep. Large flocks of gulls hover about, no
doubt enjoying the scene, but also picking up such portions of refuse as
come within their reach.