Sandwick - Scalloway

This section of the National Cycle Network will usefully connect the south of Mainland with West Mainland. Scalloway is a much smaller town than Lerwick and this option effectively misses out Shetland’s capital.

Distance: 22.5km / 14 miles  (Linear route)

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The National Cycle Network splits in two at a major junction 3 miles (5km) before reaching Lerwick; the route from Sandwick to this junction is as that described above in 3. Sandwick to Lerwick.You can either follow the B9073 west towards Scalloway or choose the alternative which goes into the heart of Lerwick.

The B9073 cuts through the ridge of hills that form the ‘spine’ of Mainland and crosses wild moorland to connect with the A970 once again. Suddenly the views of Scalloway come to the fore from the viewpoint on the hillside; a really wonderful panorama of picturesque Scalloway, its ruined Castle and the many islands which lie to the south and west of the town.

Although small, historic Scalloway’s Main street hosts:

  • Two supermarkets
  • Chemist
  • Post office
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Bar
  • Further along the scenic waterfront is the Shetland Bus memorial and a church.

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