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Volunteers testing the 'sound walk'.

A ‘SOUND walk’ at a former haaf fishing station in Northmavine is to launch to the public next month.

Trials of the technology at Stenness have already been conducted, and the formal launch will take place on 1 September between 2pm and 5pm.

Visitors to the Stenness beach would access an app on their phones, and plug in earphones.

Thanks to GPS technology, audio clips including sounds and voices evoking the past are played as people walk around, with different pieces correlating to certain areas of the beach.

Details on how to access the sound walk can be found here.

It is the work of artists Janette Kerr and Jo Millett, who aim to reimagine the past using new technology.

The Stenness project will form part of the global Sound Walk September Festival.

Linked with the sound walk is their three screen video and sound installation Confusing Shadow with Substance, focusing on the haaf fishing at Stenness.

Part of the Screenplay programme, it is showing at the Easthouse Heritage Centre in Burra on Friday 3 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, and Saturday 4 September and Sunday 5 September between 2pm and 6pm.

It was first shown in 2017 at Da Gadderie at the Shetland Museum.


PEOPLE interesting in leading walks around their community are being sought around Shetland.

Walk Da Rock already takes place in Lerwick and Scalloway, but organiser NHS Shetland is keen for more areas to come on board.

Supported by national walking charity Paths for All, Health Walks are short, free, low level, volunteer-led walks which take place in every local authority in Scotland.

The walks are aimed at inactive adults who would benefit from doing more physical activity.

NHS Shetland health improvement practitioner and Walk Da Rock coordinator Krissi Sandison said: “Walking is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health, and becoming a walk leader is a great way to enjoy all the benefits associated with volunteering and being active.

“All volunteers receive our Paths for All walk leader training to give them the skills and confidence to lead walks in their community. We would love to offer walking groups in all areas of Shetland – all we need is willing volunteers.”

Anyone interested in becoming a walk leader, or to take part in a local Health Walk, contact info@healthyshetland.com


TWO local boat tour companies are celebrating after being given TripAdvisor awards.

Both Seabirds And Seals and Shetland Seabird Tours have been given the Travellers’ Choice awards for 2021.

Companies which win the award have earned “great” reviews on the travel and attractions website TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor chief commercial officer Kanika Soni said: “The Travellers’ Choice Awards highlight the places that are consistently excellent – delivering quality experiences time and time again even while navigating changing customer expectations and new ways of working.”

Seabirds And Seals was established nearly 30 years ago while Shetland Seabird Tours formed in 2016.


A CANDLE lighting ceremony will take place next week to remember those lost to overdose.

The event will take place at the Flower Park in Lerwick between 8pm and 10pm on Tuesday 31 August.


THE CAFE premises within Mackenzie’s in Cunningsburgh is up for lease.

The area has indoor seating for 50 plus a further outdoor space.

Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and Cafe opened in 2017.