Follow Up Focus – Walking In Shetland


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This month’s Focus On is Shetland, so let’s explore this archipelago by foot…

 

What’s not to like about hiking in Shetland? With 2731 km (1697 miles) of coastline, heaps of heathery hills, some amazing geology and so much nature on offer, you won’t be disappointed. The islands’ landscape is wide open and within easy access. And the highest point is Ronas Hill at 450 metres (1480 feet) – it’s a must.

The first thing you’ll notice in Shetland is the absence of trees, and while this may seem strange to regular walkers on the Scottish mainland, the lack of foliage makes way for unimpeded panoramic views that every hiker can enjoy.

 

Calm scenery with lake, hills and local flora of Shetland Islands, Ronas Hill in backgrounds. Pic credit: shutterstock

 

Virtually all of Shetland is accessible to the walker, and you can’t help “bumping into” archaeological marvels as you go along. World-famous structures such as Mousa Broch are obvious, but Shetland has over 6000 recognised archaeological sites dating back over 6000 years, from the Neolithic dwellings to thousand-year-old Viking settlements and the more recent Second World War remains.

 

Hiker in the vast prairie that leads to the impressive cliffs of the Hermaness National Nature Reserve, the Britain’s most northerly point located on Unst, Shetland Islands, Scotland. Pic credit: istock

 

Shetland Islands Council have introduced a Core Paths Plan that comprises of many different types of paths that range from natural trails to constructed paths. Taken as a whole, the core paths system caters for all types of users – walkers, cyclists, horse riders, people with disabilities, etc. However, not all the routes are suitable for every type of user.

Wherever you go or wherever you walk, you’ll see this marvellous archipelago in a new and wonderful light.

 

For more details visit www.shetland.gov.uk/developmentplans/MapData.asp

And to read our full nine-page Focus On Shetland, grab a copy of our September issue today!

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