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      15.03.2006 14:59

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      Sandwick is a popular village in the south mainland of Shetland

      Sandwick is in the south mainland of Shetland. It's biggest claim to fame is winning community of the year - a few years ago now. It's name means 'sandy bay' in norn - the old viking dialect of Shetland.
      Sandwick is about half way between the main town of Lerwick and the airport at Sumburgh (swine castle in norn).
      There are two places to go drinking - the Barclay Arms and the Sandwick Social. The Social is normally busier because the drinks are a peerie bit cheaper.
      The shop has recently had a makeover but is still more expensive than the big stores in town. It has a useful notice board that tells you what's going on in the area. This is one of the more popular places to stay in Shetland and there are always a couple of houses being built. Most of them have views of the Island of Mousa and its iron age broch. This is the tallest broch in existence and one of the biggest nesting places for rare birds called storm petrels.
      Sandwick is also the location for Britain's most northerly copper mine. The only other significant copper mines in Britain are in Cornwall where tin is also mined. During the bronze age (bronze is an alloy made from tin and copper) there was a fair amount of trade between Sandwick and Cornwall.More recently a row of Cornish houses were built as homes for Cornish miners. The mines closed a century ago and unfortunately can't be accessed as they would make an excellent tourist attraction. The earliest mention of them is by Pytheas an ancient greek explorer who sailed up to Shetland from Cornwall.
      Sandwick is also known for having the purest water in Shetland and ships used to stock up with it for long voyages. These days Sandwick is best known for it's three-legged race in fancy dress each summer and also the sailing regatta at Sandsayre (sand beach).
      If you want to visit Sandwick you can book self catering at Sandsayre/Leebitton or full board at the Barclay Arms.

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