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Burn of Valayre

This plantation was developed in 1998/1999 as part of the Millennium Forest for Scotland Project. It sits on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, close to the Voxter Outdoor Centre. The SSSI desgination was given to the relict trees and shrubs that the ravine protect from overgrazing.

It is a one hectare site featuring only native trees known to grow or have grown in Shetland: common alder, aspen, Downy birch, hazel, rowan and willows.

The site will transport you to what Shetland looked like when the first settlers arrived over 5,000 years ago.

A circular path crosses the burn at the east end via a ford. Further up the burn, visitors will find two relict examples of rowan, dogrose and honeysuckle. You can park at the entrance of the woodland. The turn off is just beyond the Voxter House when driving from Brae.

Size: 1 hectare
Features:  burn and waterfall

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Shetland with kids: A walk up the Burn of Valayre — Shetland With Laurie