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  • Looking across the grass to Brough Lodge and Tower on the island of Fetlar in Shetland
    Brough Lodge and Tower, Fetlar
  • Cliffs at Braewick, Mainland
    Cliffs at Braewick, Mainland
  • St Ninian's Isle connected to the mainland by a tombolo of sand at Bigton
    St Ninian's Isle
  • The Hams of Roe, Muckle Roe
    The Hams of Roe, Muckle Roe

Shetland’s remarkable landscape offers some of the finest walking in the world. Discover countless routes that take in ancient historic sites and wonderful flora and fauna.

Rugged and remote, the Shetland Isles comprise one of the most unique landscapes on earth. With miles of windswept coastline and stunningly diverse terrain, Shetland offers visitors a truly wondrous natural environment to explore on foot.

Discover countless routes encompassing Shetland’s remarkable scenery, ancient archaeological sites and wildlife. Feel the sand between your toes as you stroll along pristine beaches and follow trails over heather-clad hills and through grassy meadows scattered with wild flowers.

Enjoy long walks during the lingering twilight of midsummer, known locally as the Simmer Dim, and take in Shetland’s spectacular natural landmarks such as Da Drongs, a group of towering granite sea stacks, and the remnants of ancient civilisations. From Norse settlements to Iron Age brochs and Pictish wheelhouses, you’ll find Shetland’s fascinating and complex history is laid bare across all its islands. Climb the steps to the top of the amazingly preserved Iron Age tower of Mousa Broch, and visit Jarlshof on the South Mainland to see the remains of a Norse settlement, a medieval farmstead and Pictish wheelhouses. 

Walk along the top of sheer cliff-tops while gazing out across the North Sea and the Atlantic, and observe thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, gannets, guillemots and many more, depending on the season.

Unst is one of Shetland's most enchanting places to go walking in and is the first island in the UK to receive Walkers are Welcome (WAW) Status. Drop into the newly opened WAW Information Centre to learn about 10 walks that showcase the unique beauty of Unst and Fetlar. Follow trails over wildflower-strewn moorland and coastal paths as seabirds fly overhead, pausing to take in dramatic seascapes, Shetland ponies and Viking and Norse heritage sites along the way.

If you’re feeling up to the challenge, why not tackle one or more of the 19 Shetland Marilyns – hills measuring at least 150 m. Climb to the pinnacle of Ronas Hill, Shetland’s highest point, and admire breathtaking views of the entire archipelago from Fair Isle to Muckle Flugga.

Whether you enjoy leisurely strolls or lengthy treks into wild, uninhabited areas, walkers can expect enchanting scenery alongside 6,000 years of history awaiting them in Shetland.

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