|UK Grid Reference:||HU433237|
|Distance from Lerwick by road:||12 miles|
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Spread over a wide area, Sandwick includes the settlements of Hoswick, Sanick, and Leebitton, but is perhaps most famous for the island of Mousa which lies offshore to the east, just a short ferry trip, from the historic Sandsayre Pier which is the focus of a fund raising effort to rebuild it.
As an area, Sandwick has an interesting history. During the late 19th century copper mine were established next to Sandlodge, and of course the area was heavily involved in the Herring boom of the late 19th century. But other historical cases also centre on the area, such as the case of the community versus the Laird over the ownership of a pod of whales driven ashore at Hoswick in 1888, or the case of Ursula Smith and the press gang in 1808.
In more recent times, Broonies Taing pier was developed during the 70's in the hope of attracting oil related business, which never transpired, but now Broonies Taing has become a focal point for Cod farming with the establishment of a cod hatchery there by Johnson Seafarms.
As a community, Sandwick has, in recent years, expanded rapidly, with new housing etates at Swinister, Brentfield Place, Park Wynd, and Veester Hill. And with more new housing currently being built near to Park Wynd, and another estate planned for the Houlland area, the community looks set to continue growing.
Throughout the expansion of the community great effort has been made by the residents to maintain the quality of facilities and infrastructure, which has seen Sandwick win national awards for community achievements.
- Sandwick Baking Company
- George Inkster, Building Contractor
- J.L.B. Surveys, Marine Surveyor
- Neil Jamieson, Builder
- Central Private Nursery & Out of School Club
- Christie's Garage
- Sandwick Social Club
- Sandwick Pool (Owned by Shetland Recreational Trust
- Sandwick Junior High School