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Hillswick, St Magnus Bay Hotel

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.4768 / 60°28'36"N

Longitude: -1.4881 / 1°29'17"W

OS Eastings: 428243

OS Northings: 1177119

OS Grid: HU282771

Mapcode National: GBR Q1P1.LVF

Mapcode Global: XHD1J.0XQP

Entry Name: Hillswick, St Magnus Bay Hotel

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352795

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18689

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Parish: Northmaven

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

Circa 1900. 2-storey and attic, 6-bay asymmetrical timber hotel of H-plan. Clapboard clad timber framed walls on concrete foundations.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 2-bay centre; timber entrance porch with panelled and glazed 2-leaf doors in canted bay to left, multi-pane windows at right under canted timber canopy with cast-iron and timber balustrade. 1st floor; window in bay to left, bipartite in bay to right. Flanking 2-bay gables; bipartite windows in regularly fenestrated left gable; piend-roofed canted timber bay centring right gable, bipartite window centred above, with windows flanking.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 3 bays (grouped 2-1); bipartite windows at ground and 1st floors in bay to outer left, regular fenestration in centre bay offset to left, 2-storey, 4-light canted timber window in bay to outer right.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, with 2-bay gables advanced at outer right and left. Left gable; single window at 1st floor in bay to right. Right gable; lean-to addition at ground, single window at 1st floor in bay to left, brick stack at gable centre. Irregularly fenestrated centre bays with stair window.

E ELEVATION: mostly obscured by modern alterations; single storey gabled wing projecting to E with variety of modern openings.

4-pane timber sash and case windows. Purple-grey slate roof with red ridge tiles; overhanging timber eaves with decorative timber barge boards to gables. Piend-roofed canted timber dormers with 4-pane timber sash and case windows and plate glass sidelights over centre bays of S elevation and each bay of side elevations. Yellow brick stacks with concrete copes and tapering red cans.

INTERIOR: varnished vertically-boarded pine lining with matching cornices and architraves to walls and ceilings of hall, dining room and some bedrooms. Matching staircase with turned spindles and ball- finialled newels.

Statement of Interest

Hillswick was the terminus for the West Side steamer, and being close to splendid scenery, became a destination for tourists. The hotel was erected for cruise passengers by the North of Scotland, Orkney & Shetland Steam Navigation Co Ltd. The hotel was imported from Norway in kit form. Despite being (effectively) Scandinavian architecture, the hotel has a style now widely recognised as typically Scots due to the popularity of this style in Highland resorts of the 19th century - a style almost unseen elsewhere in Shetland - making this a particularly interesting building in many respects.

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