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Mavis Grind

<b>Mavis Grind</b>Posted by RavenfeatherImage © Paul Kesterton
Nearest Town:Lerwick (30km SE)
OS Ref (GB):   HU340685 / Sheets: 2, 3
Latitude:60° 23' 57.62" N
Longitude:   1° 22' 58.51" W

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<b>Mavis Grind</b>Posted by Ravenfeather <b>Mavis Grind</b>Posted by Ravenfeather


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Visited 11.6.12

Although there is nothing here to see in way of standing stones, Barrows, ruined hut circles etc it is worth visiting for the views.

You can’t miss it as there is a massive roadside sign pronouncing that you are at Mavis Grind!

There is a small parking area with picnic tables provided.
This is an area where otters are sometimes spotted – we didn’t see any.

This is a very pretty place to stop and just unwind a while.
Posted by CARL
19th July 2012ce


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Mavis Grind is a narrow strip of land that joins the north western part of Mainland Shetland with the larger southern part. It's now approximately 100 meters wide, but according to the Modern Antiquarian it was about half a mile wide during the Neolithic period. On nearby Virdins Hill, on the north west cliff overlooking Mavis Grind, walls and foundations were found (Neolithic?). Julian lists the numerous prehistoric finds have been made on the Grind itself:
...saddle querns made of granite, potlids of micaceous sandstone, whetstones, and small polishers made of softer rocks, grinders, pestles, hammerstones and pounders, all made of tougher igneous and metamorphic rocks.
The evidence seems to point towards the importance of Mavis Grind as a routeway between the two parts of the island, in use for thousands of years.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
23rd October 2003ce
Edited 23rd October 2003ce