Highlands & Islands

Shetland Shuffle

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Overview

From Lerwick, pass through Sandwick en route to Sumburgh. Head north to Sandness and then on to Aith. Pause in Brae en route to Hillswick before reaching North Roe. Pass through Brae on your way to Unst taking in Baltasound and Skaw, Britain’s most northernly point.

Lerwick

Shetland’s main town, Lerwick, has rich history (having been burnt down twice) and today is a bustling sea port with a proud maritime history. Enjoy the harbour, the Shetland Textile Museum and Lerwick Brewery.

Sandwick

Enjoy the character of Sandwick en route to Sumburgh. Take in the lovely beach and clifftop scenery and explore the Sand Lodge near the jetty, which partly dates back to the 1600s.

Sumburgh

Enjoy the stunning coastal scenery at Sumburgh, dotted with bays, inlets, cliffs and beaches. Visit Jarlshof – the remains of the Old House of Sumburgh built in the 16th century. At Sumburgh Head you’ll see the lighthouse designed by Robert Stevenson, first lit in 1861.

Sandness

Take in the lochs dotted across the moorland then sweep down to the coast to visit Sandness. There are some fantastic views across to St. Magnus Bay and Papa Stour. Sandness hosts the Shetlands Wool Week each year.

Aith

Explore the harbour of Aith, home to a small fishing fleet and take in the local industry – where you can see sheepskins being stretched and prepared.

Brae

Brae lies alongside the coast close to Busta Voe, where you can see Busta Pier and has some great views. Busta House, built in the 16th century by the local Laird Thomas Gifford, has some imposing views and now operates as a hotel.

Hillswick

The small village of Hillswick overlooks Ura Firth and leads to the Ness of Hillswick – a headland that resembles a bunch of grapes. Pop into the seal sanctuary or visit The Booth, a café situated in a wing of Hillswick House.

North Roe

Take in the scenery on your way to the crofting township of North Roe which is almost as far north as you can go on the Shetland mainland. Nearby Collafirth Pier is home to small fishing fleet. At Fethaland you can see the remains of the lodges at the once thriving fishing station.

Baltasound

You’ll find Baltasound half way up Unst, the most populated northern island in the Shetlands. Once a hotbed of the Fishing and Whaling industries, Baltasound is a lot less busy today and gives you the chance to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Skaw

It’s a long way up – but the not surprisingly quiet beach at Skaw is a wonderful sheltered sandy haven. Keep an eye out for the local birdlife and wildlife and enjoy the wonderful scenery at “Britain’s most northerly”.

Overview

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Lerwick

2
13.0 miles

Sandwick

3
12.7 miles

Sumburgh

4
50.6 miles

Sandness

5
14.7 miles

Aith

6
13.9 miles

Brae

7
11.1 miles

Hillswick

8
11.2 miles

North Roe

9
54.9 miles

Baltasound

10
6.8 miles

Skaw

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About the Shetland Shuffle Trail

Distance:189 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:0

Arrive at Lerwick and enjoy the main town on the Shetland Islands before heading south to Sandwick and then further onto Sumburgh. Retrace your tracks and arrive in Sandness on the west coast before dipping down through Aith and then on to Brae. Arrive in Hillswick and then head further north to North Roe. Come back through Brae en route to Unst to pass through Baltasound before arriving in Skaw, Britain’s most northernly point.

Stunning Scenery

The Shetland Islands are home to some stunning scenery. Rugged clifftops, heather clad hillsides, sandy beaches and far reaching views make the Shetlands a great place to visit – don’t forget your camera!

Wildlife Watching

The Shetland cliffs and landscape are home to thousands of seabirds. Look out to sea and you may spot dolphins, porpoise or even killer whales. Keep an eye out for otters and seals around the harbours.

Peace & Quiet

Small concentrated habitations means there are large areas of land where you can relax, take in the scenery and simply enjoy the peace and quiet offered by the Shetland Islands – it's all a far cry from the hustle and bustle of daily life.