Mavis Grind

Mavis Grind

Mavis Grind (Old Norse: Mæfeið) is a narrow isthmus joining the Northmavine peninsula to the rest of the island of Shetland Mainland in the Shetland Islands, UK. It is just 33 metres (108 ft) wide at its narrowest point. The name means "gate of the narrow isthmus" in the local dialect.

It carries the main A970 road to Hillswick in the north west of Shetland and is a few miles from the settlement of Brae.

Mavis Grind is said to be the only place in the UK where you can toss a stone across land from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a regular crossing point for otters, which in Shetland are sea-dwelling.

Remains of a late Bronze Age settlement have been found close by.[1]

External links


  1. ^ S Cracknell & B Smith (NOSAS), Glasgow Archeological Journal vol.10, 1983 in

Coordinates: 60°23′54″N 1°23′06″W / 60.398211°N 1.38505°W / 60.398211; -1.38505

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