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Bumpier & Bigger than Orkney

by Deborah Leggate -

Dave Hewitt, editor of the legendary hillwalking fanzine The Angry Corrie, looks at the strange and wonderful world of Shetland's Marilyns…

Outdoors tourism in Shetland takes many forms – some people come for the ornithology, the whale watching or the coastal scenery. Others come to see the Northern Lights or the simmer dim. And each year a certain number of people visit Shetland to go hillwalking.

This might seem odd – for all its many merits, Shetland tends not to be regarded as great hillwalking country. It doesn't resemble Torridon, Glen Coe or the Cuillin of Skye – or, indeed, the Jotunheimen of Norway. There are no Munros – Scottish hills over 3000ft – and Ronas Hill, the Shetland highpoint, doesn't even achieve half-Munro status.

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