- Walls, Shetland Islands
Infobox UK place
constituency_westminster= Orkney and Shetland
Walls, known locally as Waas, (
Old Norse: "Vagar" = "Sheltered Bays" ( voes) - the Ordnance Surveyadded the "ll" as they thought it was a corruption of "walls". Cf Vágarand Vágurin the Faroe Islands), is a settlement on the south side of West Mainland, Shetland Islands, at the head of Vaila Sound and sheltered even from southerly storms by the islands of Linga and Vaila.
A little to the east of the centre of the village is the marina, making this a popular base for leisure sailors. The fishing vessels that are still based in Walls tend to use the pier a few hundred yards along the west side of Vaila Sound. This is also the terminus for the ferry service to the island of
Foula, some distance out into the Atlantic from Shetland's Mainland.
Today it is home to the dialect children's writer
Iris Sandison, also secretary to the local history group.
Waas has long been famed for its annual Agricultural Show. A short film of 'da Waas Show' in the early 60s, by the late Dr. Albert Hunter, is available at the link below.
One of its old names is "
Vagaland", hence the name of the local poet.
A pier was built at Walls in the 1700's, and from
1838, it was a centre for fish curing. Walls itself is a quieter place than once it was. The large houses of Bayhall, now converted into flats, and Voe House are signs of past wealth, as are the three churches visible around the head of the sound. Two are still in use, while the third bears a sign showing its later conversion to a bakery. A pier was built in Walls in the 1700s, and from 1838 the village was a centre for fish curing.
Waas was the childhood home of two fine poets,
Vagalandand Christine de Luca, and in 1884 was the birthplace of both Peter Fraser (1884-1966), musician and founder member of the Shetland Fiddlers' Society, and William Moffatt, the author.
* [http://www.walls.shetland.co.uk/shetland/west/walls/walls_map.html map]
* [http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/dialects/nis.html Listen to recordings of a speaker of Walls Scots]
* [http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/shetland/walls/index.html Undiscovered Scotland - Walls - Travel Information]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD7-27EZGYA "Waas Show" - early 60s film by Dr. Albert Hunter]
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