When it comes to sports and recreation, Shetland’s got it covered. With six leisure centres, eight swimming pools, four golf courses, sports pitches, tennis courts, football, netball and rugby leagues and a thriving network of clubs and trainers in just about any sport you fancy, Shetland is unrivalled in sport and leisure provision.
There are six main leisure centres, located in Lerwick (Clickimin), Aith (West Mainland), Brae in the North Mainland, and in the islands of Yell, Unst, and Whalsay. Each contains a swimming pool with comfortable family changing facilities, and indoor courts for badminton, netball, squash and football, as well as a gym facilities. Clickimin and West Mainland (Aith) also have health suites with saunas and steam rooms, climbing walls, trampolines and carpet bowls.
There are also two swimming pools, found in Scalloway, in central Mainland, and Sandwick, in the South Mainland, both running a varied programme of lessons and classes, from family-friendly fun sessions to adults only swims. They are also very popular locations for childrens' birthday parties!
There’s a good chance you’ll find your sport in Shetland – from football to clay-target shooting, Shetland has something for you whether you’re an experienced practitioner or looking to get started.
In the summer months, sea activities like sailing and yoal rowing are popular, while wild swimming, stand up paddle poarding and kayaking are also growing in popularity.
Racquet-sports like badminton, squash and short tennis can be played in most leisure centres (where you can also rent equipment) and there are 14 multicourts and an open-air tennis court in the Jubilee Flower Park.
Martial arts are well catered for too, with fencing, karate, kung-fu, tai-chi, MMA, and even medieval armoured combat all available to seasoned pros and beginners.
There are also studio-based activities like yoga, jazzercise, zumba and even vertical fitness.