Boat Trips For Wildlife Watching, Sea Angling
About Delting and Muckle Roe
The parish of Delting has changed greatly since the discovery of oil off Shetland, but the district still has many unspoiled and beautiful places. The road from Voe to the large, modern village of Brae follows Olnafirth past modern shellfish farms and an old whaling station from the 1920s. Brae, on the shores of Busta Voe, has good social facilities, including the North Mainland swimming spool and leisure centre.
Across the water, the 17th century Busta House is now a first class hotel and restaurant and is forever associated with the tragedy of 1748, when Thomas Gifford's four sons were drowned while rowing back from Wethersta. The eldest son had secretly married and his descendants were embroiled in a disputed inheritance – with legal cost which eventually bankrupted the estate.
Beyond Busta is the island of Muckle Roe, linked to the mainland by a bridge. The Hams of Roe, a deserted settlement set among spectacular red granite cliffs at the north end of the island, is a favorite destination for walkers.
Just outside Brae, on the B9076 to Sullom, a former manse has been converted into the Voxter Outdoor Centre. A delightful walk up the Burn of Valayre from the Voxter Quarry, reveals a hidden valley where native trees form part of a Millennium Forest project.