Coastal Walks

by Helen Smith -

Now that the lighter nights are here it's great to be able leave work and fit in a walk along the coastline - it's the perfect way to unwind. I usually just set off and see where my feet take me, although my favourite walk is from Sandsayre, along the cliffs and out to Burland, where you'll find an abandoned settlement and the remains of a ruined broch. The broch is directly opposite Mousa and it's the perfect place to stop for a picnic and imagine the history of the area. If you're new to walking in Shetland, or want some inspiration for new walks then a good place for information is Walk Shetland. There are walks to suit every level of fitness and some might take you an hour or two, others the whole day.

In Lerwick, you can start at Victoria Pier and walk through the south end of Commercial Street, past the Queens Hotel and you'll come across a small beach and the Lodberries. Keep following the road and you'll come to a path that takes you up to the Knab, where you can sit and take in the view before you wander down through the park to the Sletts. It surprises many visitors to see seals on the rocks on the way to Fjara Cafe - a great place to stop for a rest, before continuing on to the Ness of Sound, round the headland and to then the Sands of Sound.

Next month, I'll be interviewing Jim Leask, who walked the whole coastline of Shetland to raise money for charity. I'm sure he'll have lots of interesting, off the beaten track places to share with you.