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Shetland offers an excellent choice of outdoor activities in unforgettable settings, from midnight rounds of golf to exhilarating kayaking off the spectacular coast.

The Shetland Isles offer the winning combination of world-class facilities and spectacular scenery across a diverse landscape and 1,000 miles of unspoilt coastline.

Tee off at one of the islands’ challenging golf courses including Whalsay Golf Club, Britain’s most northerly course, where seals and porpoises can be seen swimming offshore from the greens.
 
One of the best ways to explore the crystal-clear waters around Shetland’s shores is in a kayak. Paddle into secluded coves and concealed sea caves and get up close to indigenous wildlife including otters and even whales.

Shetland is also hugely popular with keen anglers, attracted by relatively cheap and largely unrestricted fishing. Fishermen are spoilt for choice with cod, halibut, ling mackerel and Shetland’s legendary sea trout, fishermen. You can also cast your line for wild brown trout in more than 300 freshwater lochs found throughout the islands.

Back on dry land, why not take advantage of the quiet roads and experience Shetland’s endlessly changing scenery on two wheels? Cycle more than 1,000 miles of well-maintained roads, tracks and off-road trails, pausing to absorb awe-inspiring views and chat to friendly locals.

Browse the listings to plan your break in the region today.

  • Asta Golf Club, Mainland
    Asta Golf Club, Mainland
  • The Hams of Roe, Muckle Roe
    The Hams of Roe, Muckle Roe
  • A cyclist beside Loch of Asta, near Scalloway, Mainland, Shetland
    A cyclist beside Loch of Asta, near Scalloway, Mainland, Shetland
  • Breckon Sands on the northern part of the Isle of Yell, Shetland
    Shetland has many idyllic beaches with the perfect conditions for surfing
West Voe, Island of Housay

Walking

Discover the many islands of Shetland on foot on one of many fantastic walking.

Cycle touring in the Tingwall Valley, Mainland, Shetland

Cycling

Discover Shetland’s sprawling, diverse landscapes and miles of pristine coastline on a cycling holiday.

The Gaada Stack on the island of Foula

Watersports

Make a splash in Shetland and take advantage of the many fantastic watersports opportunities on offer.

Asta Golf Club, Mainland

Golf

Experience an unforgettable golf trip in Shetland and discover some of Scotland’s most unique courses from an unofficial practice area amid sand dunes to Britain’s most northerly golf course.

Anglers fishing from a small boat on Punds Water, Mainland, Shetland

Fishing

Miles of rugged coastline and beautiful inland loch make Shetland one of the most spectacular fishing destinations in Europe.