A Wonderful Vacation in Tingwall

If you are looking for a great weekend getaway spot where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and simply enjoy nature, Tingwall might be exactly what you need. This beautiful natural area is filled with birds, flowers, lochs and historical sights, so you will certainly have no shortage of relaxing activities to enjoy.

Like much of Scotland, Tingwall has been inhabited for centuries. One of the oldest historical attractions, the Murder Stone, has been dated at around 2 BC showing just how long people have been living in the area. It is said that at the time that it was made the Murder Stone was used to issue justice to murderers. If the offender could run from Law Ting Holm to the Murder Stone unscathed despite the efforts of the victim’s family and friends to stop him, he was pardoned of his crimes. Whether this Norse tradition really did happen at Tingwall or not, the stone is a curious reminder of a bygone era. It stands two meters high and has a rectangular cross-section and is most easily viewed when enjoying a round of golf since it is currently located on a golf course. You will find it between the Asta and Tingwall lochs. Another great historical attraction in Tingwall is the Tingwall Kirk which is located at the northern end of Tingwall loch. This ancient church even has a suitably ancient graveyard and both are situated quite close to the Murder Stone at Law Ting Holm.

Tingwall is situated north of Scalloway in the Shetland Islands and is reputed to be one of the best places to see the wild flowers of Shetland. If you are interested in seeing some of these beautiful plants, the best time to visit is in June and July when the Tingwall Valley meadows are enriched by a wonderful variety of flowering plants and grasses including a number of orchid species. Of course where there is tranquility and natural abundance you will also find birds and bird watchers will be pleased to note that the Asta and Tingwall Loch are home to some graceful Mute Swans. They will also find an interesting variety of other birds here. Recreational fishermen should take note of the fact that both lochs located in Tingwall are rich in trout and boats are easy to hire. No trip to Tingwall is quite complete without a stop at Wormadale Hill which offers visitors a spectacular view. Situated on the border of Tingwall and Whiteness, you can see as far as 50 miles away from this great viewpoint. So visit Tingwall for a weekend and rediscover the wonders of nature!

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