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Name:Hill of Arisdale
Hill number:1541
Height:210m / 689ft
RHB Section:22: Shetland Islands
County/UA:Shetland Islands (UA)
Maritime area:Shetland - East
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), SIB, Yeaman
Grid ref:HU 49451 84158
Summit feature:large cairn
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 1 2 3
(1:25k) 470S
Observations:knoll 60m SSE (HU 49435 84105) is 1m lower and ground to N is 0.5m lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 94 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
20.20 from V badly to NE trig first then summitvegibagger17/06/2019
Solo. From the shed at Otterswick. Along N side of South Burn of Otterswick then direct up to trig point. Along to cairn at summit. Cut out trig on return. Not bad going. Misty initially but it soon cleared away.pwbellarby15/06/2019
Parked by barn - headed W to Hill of Otterswick Then on to the Ma.ger14/06/2019
From the shed at Otterwick - up to the TV aerial - cairn - trig - ridge to summit cairn. Reasonable going.Chris Peart11/06/2019
As per Chriscurlebd10/06/2019
From corrugated, roadside bldg near the chapel. Direct over rough ground to Yell trig pillar first, then onto the hill top.jonglew22/08/2018
From the red barn at Otterswick, roughly along the line of the river to the trig and then an endless plod across the moor to the summit. Contoured along the side back to the watershed and the stream. Jon Glew says that Arisdale is ancient Norse for arse crack, and is an apt description of this brown, hairy, damp and smelly hill.Gill22/08/2018
From Arisdale over the top and trig and down to Otterswick. All bog, but fairly dry and smooth until the final descent.PeteN14/08/2018
From Otterswick via the trig.NormanW23/06/2018
Parked at end of lane to Otterswick and took a fairly direct line to top. Going not too bad, but a few peat hags.PGCE02/05/2018
Parked opposite church at Otterswick. Kept stream in sight and up onto ridge and to the summit.Coinneach24/05/2017
Parked at the start of the track to Arisdale farm. Followed the track and white posts up the valley (which eventually lead to an aircraft wreck which crashed when looking for the Tirpitz) but not knowning how far it was to the crash site, left these to gain the ridge that heads NE to the quartzite summit cairn. Returned more directly to the track, south of Arisdale farm. Found out later the wreck is at 481853mindlessflogger27/08/2016
Parked HU515855, at tin barn in bend, followed tributary to ridge/cairn. Easy going, peat hags, warm, sunnyiangalbraith27/08/2014
Bit of a slog after leaving track to Arisdale. Plenty of peat hags and bogs to cicumnavigate.AndrewFinnimore15/08/2014
Parked by church near Otterswick (17:40) and walked up moor to Ward of Otterswick trig pt (18:15) and along the broad ridge to the summit. Overcast and rather hazy. Returned more directly to the car (12:20). Fairly easy going; heather not too long.dbb26/08/2013
Boggy ascent from Otterswick. Rainy.fasgadh08/07/2013
Circuit around South Burn of Otterswick from the methodist church.Smudge31/05/2013
From NE, watched sunset from trig on way back. 2nd time here. RHW31/05/2013
Moorland yomp to summit and trig with Jenny, Rick and Tricky.Dugswell230/05/2013
W Jenx, Tricky and Doug. End of hills on Yell. Toughest so far, from nr pt 88 to NE of hill, very undulating through hags. Damp underfoot and mist swirling. Battled on to gain cairn top, descend back over trig. Back down burn line to point 51 on NE road. Would be better way up!nordicstar30/05/2013
Last of the day, drove about 500m up Glen Arisdale. Summitted at 1800 as the evening mist was starting to move in on the unbroken sushine. Down for the 1920 ferry with about 40 minutes to spare.Topographer5728/05/2013
Parked by shed at HU515855 followed track then beeline for the cairn at HU501853, visited trig point and onward to summit cairn. RSPB worker sitting there all day counting the birds. He was surprised to see a martin.Martin R03/05/2012
From Arisdale fighting with bonxies over rough-ish ground.Eddie26/08/2011
Susan, Ghengis and myself. Also visited the 2WW plane crash.Danny Mc Neill24/10/2009
From Otterswick. Uphill on prow of moor, over corrie and climb the other side and to trig on visible horizon. Over wet area for 3/4 m to S W. 2 divers, probably red throats and to white quartzite cairn. 16.40.arranc19/08/2003
Tom Mundell14/07/2017
Trekking toes14/07/2017
Dee Rogers06/06/2013
Jon F31/05/2013