Because the coastline's so very long and winding, you're sure of finding a sheltered spot with a stunning view and peace and quiet. In the unlikely event that your chosen beach does have half a dozen people on it already - just move to the next one along. You'll probably have it all to yourself!
The network of well-maintained roads makes most of Shetland's scenery easily accessible to the visitor but it's well worth exploring off the main routes. For the motorist and cyclist, the side roads of Shetland are a special delight in spring and early summer when the verges are festooned with wild flowers.
The settlement pattern is fairly scattered outside the urban centre of Lerwick, with many croft houses in seemingly remote valleys still inhabited. There are numerous picturesque hamlets, usually at the edge of one of the long 'voes' or sea lochs that penetrate far into the land. The larger villages, such as Voe, have a shop and post office.
Driving or walking in Shetland, you come on unexpected new landscapes around every corner. The only place to see all of the islands at once, however, is the Ward Hill, Bressay. The track up to the TV masts is only suitable for 4WD vehicles but the reward for a brisk walk to the 226m (742') summit is a superb panorama, from Fair Isle in the south to Unst in the north, and from Foula in the west to Out Skerries in the east.
Of course, Shetland's scenery doesn't end on land - there's plenty to see under the water as well, with diving trips and tours.
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