After moving out of a grim hotel in Lerwick, I wanted somewhere more homely and comfortable. The St. Magnus Bay Hotel gave me that and more. The owners, Paul and Andrea, are very nice people who are very helpful and will spend time telling you about the fascinating history of this unique hotel and things to do and see in the area.
Other than the great hospitality, the best aspect of the hotel is its location. It sits just above the bay in Hillswick and has a large hill behind it, which is good for a walk (take your camera for the view). There are 2 beaches quite close by, affording ample opportunity to go walking and maybe beach-combing (I found some lovely shells and stones on the pebbly beach). It is also close to some of the best scenery the Shetlands has to offer at Eshaness and Braewick.
I marked it down a point for a couple of minor things. Firstly, the hotel is undergoing some lengthy renovation works, so there are parts of the hotel that are in a little disrepair. My room was newly-decorated, but the bed was over-soft for my liking. The other minor moan is about the breakfast. It's a buffet/carvery affair and this can mean you end up with dry bacon and sausages if you don't get there early (start serving at 6am, I believe). The staff were good enough to make me some fresh scrambled eggs on request, so it's all good really. At other meals, the food is good, hearty, home-made fare coming in generous portions. If you partake in the Sunday Carvery, make sure you have your appetite with you.
I came to the hotel on business but would love to come back with my family on holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place of beauty, the St Magnus Bay Hotel captures the character of the Hillswick shoreline. This wooden building, originally manufactured in Norway over 100 years ago is thought to be the only one of its type in Britain. Sample our much spoken about hospitality and service,take time to soak up the local atmosphere and relax into the beauty that surrounds you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. Magnus Bay Hotel Hillswick, Shetland Islands