Esha Ness, HU222790), or Eshaness, ( Old Norse : Esjanes = Ash Ness, 'Esja' refers to the easily split, ashy volcanic rock.), is a headland on the northwest coast of the north Shetland Mainland. The ness lies west of a line between Hamna Voe and Brae Wick, and includes the settlements of Tangwick, West Heogaland, Stenness, and Eshaness.
It is the utmost western part of the north side of St Magnus Bay, and its culmination is marked by a magnificently situated lighthouse. The views across the bay to the south of Papa Stour, Sandness and Foula are fine.
In its extremity, Eshaness has perhaps more natural scenic beauty than any other part of Shetland. The Drongs and Dore Holm are sights which delight both Shetlanders and tourists. Among its other attractions are the Tangwick Haa Museum, the Lighthouse, the Holes of Scraada and the Grind o da Navir. At Stenness are the remains of a major Haaf Fishing centre.
Eshaness was home to the genius of John Williamson, the 19th C. schoolmaster and diarist Christopher Sandison, the great champion of Shetland fiddle music, Tom Anderson, and the crofter/author James C. Mowat. From 1999 to 2005 Eshaness Lighthouse was owned by the American Shetlandophile and writer on lighthouses Sharma Krauskopf.
- Eshaness Area - Tourist Map
- Tourist Information
- The Grind of Navir
- Pictures from Eshaness
- Eshaness Volcanic rocks
- History - Northern Ligthouse Board