Mavis Grind – the very narrow strip of land connecting the Northmavine peninsula to mainland Shetland. Mavis Grind means “gate of the narrow isthmus”. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land connecting two larger areas of land across the water.
Mavis Grind is just 33 metres wide on its narrowest point. You can throw a stone from the Atlantic on the one side to the North Sea on the other side. Vikings and local fishermen carried their boats over the narrow land to avoid having to sail around the peninsula.
A chambered cairn from the Bronze Age was found nearby. I didn´t go there on this day, but did enjoy the view of mainland Shetland.
Mavis Grind – the narrowest point.