Free things to do in Shetland

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  • Hams of Roe, Muckle Roe
    Hams of Roe
  • Sands of Breckon, Yell
    Sands of Breckon, Yell
  • Scalloway Museum
    Scalloway Museum
  • St Ninian's Isle connected to the mainland by a tombolo of sand at Bigton
    St Ninian's Isle

Head north to Shetland, where you'll discover a unique archipelago of over 100 islands. Experience a wealth of memorable experiences on these spectacular isles and enjoy plenty of things to see and do, many of which are absolutely free.

Free things to do

You are never more than 5 km from the sea on the Shetland Isles, which means there is a vast selection of coastal walks available. Discover some fantastic walking routes in Shetland, including the circular St Ninian’s Isle Circular which goes over the UK’s largest sand tombolo.

Walk through thousands of years of history on the Hams of Muckle Roe Route. The name stems from Old Norse and the trail offers spectacular panoramic views from Saxa Ford to Fitful Head.

Due to its northerly location, Shetland is home to some of Britain’s rarest plants. Admire the flourishing ‘garden of Shetland’ on the isle of Feltar, which is home to 300 species of flowering plants and is a great place to learn about the flora of the islands.

Explore the beaches of Shetland, where you will be surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sparkling sands. You can stroll along some of the best beaches in UK, including the award-winning West Sandwick and Sands of Breckon.

Finish a day of discoveries by heading to the stunning Tresta Beach on Fetlar to watch the sun set.

Free places to go

Drive the scenic route from Lerwick to Scalloway and discover the unique story of the area at Scalloway Museum, which explores Shetland’s role in the Second World War, with the ‘Shetland Bus Operation’ exhibition, photographs, artefacts and much more.

Visit the fascinating Old Haa museum on the Isle of Yell. The 17th century laird’s house is filled with local history, detailed information about the heritage of the area and regular displays of art from the talented community. 

With miles of open wilderness and undisturbed landscapes, Shetland is a paradise for wildlife. The soaring cliffs of Noss are a perfect place to watch migratory puffins in spring. Wander along the coastal path and keep your eyes peeled for otters and porpoises in the warmer months.

There are several other fantastic National Nature Reserves across Shetland, including Hermaness and Loch of Spiggie.