|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Melby and Walls (HU241494)|
|Distance:||26 miles (41.8 km)|
|Meets:||A970, B9075, B9071, Pier|
|Route outline (key)|
The A971 is the main road to the west of Shetland Mainland.
Tingwall – Melby and Walls
The road starts on the A970 at Tingwall Airport. It used to start slightly further south in Veensgarth but was moved in the 1970s when the A970 was upgraded. Unusually for Shetland's A-roads, this is the only concession to the A970 that the A971 has made.
The road heads west, making a long detour around Weisdale Voe, at the head of which it meets the B9075. Continuing westwards it skirts an inlet of the sea (The Firth and the voes connecting to it) and has a multiplex of about a mile with the B9071 either side of the Bridge of Twatt. The coast is met again at Bridge of Walls.
The road splits immediately after crossing the bridge here over the Loch of Brouster. The main line carries on over a mile to the centre of the village of Walls, ending at a road junction by the coast. Alternatively, turn right from Bridge of Walls along the (much longer) spur which zigzags between the hills and lochs to Melby, where the road ends by the pier. This spur was the B9076 in 1922 but became part of the A971 later in the 1920s.