Spiggie Beach

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Spiggie Beach at High Tide


Spiggie Beach, and the nearby Scousburgh Sand, are very popular visitor spots in the south Shetland Mainland, during the summer.
The grassy 'ayre' above the beach was in the past used by campers and caravaner's, but this land is now signposted as private with no camping allowed, although access to the beach is not restricted.


Authors Personal Reflection - As a child in the later half of the 60's much of my spare time in the summer months was dedicated to being in or near water. Swimming at the Scousburgh Sand, fishing in the rock pools at the south side of Spiggie Beach, setting troutie lines in the Spiggie burn, and any other activity which meant getting wet one way or another, sometimes to my mothers dismay.
Spiggie Beach was very much my 'playground'. From playing to going fishing with my brother and father, for Sillocks, Piltocks, and Olicks, Spiggie Beach was central to my life.
Now as I sit in front of a computer and write this, and my children sit glued to their computers or TV screens, I ask myself, "Have we gained or lost from the advance of technology???"


A Glimpse of Spiggies Past

Spiggie Beach in the early 60's - Picture courtesy of J.A.Work Snr.

The old picture of Spiggie beach shows a sight which will never be seen again.

Ness Yoals and Fourareens lined up in their noosts, ready for the sea. Ready to catch the much needed fish which would be salted and dried for winter food. Before the days of deep freezes salted fish was an essential part of the Shetland diet.

In the late 70's and early 80's marinas, supported by grant aid from the SIC, started appearing all over the isles, and the days of boats drawn up on beaches had gone. Many a Shetlander will remember with warmth and pride the sight of boats on a beach, but times change and the Marinas of Shetland, with the ease of use which they offer, now help keep the fishing tradition of the isles alive.


A Fear For It's Future

The freedom of access, to this Dunrossness beauty spot, was highlighted in a Shetland Times article on 3rd July 2009.
Notices erected by the new owners of the Spiggie property angered locals who, for all their lives, have enjoyed the freedom of access which is known on all beaches and foreshores throughout Shetland.

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