Outdoor Activities

Our 15 inhabited islands offer many kinds of outdoor activities, especially during those virtually endless summer days. Whatever your interests, we promise that you'll never run out of things to do.


WalkingShetland offers some of the finest walking in Europe, at all times of the year. The combination of spectacular coastal scenery on both North Sea and Atlantic facing cliffs, quiet inland lochs, and gentle heathery hills is unsurpassed.


DivingExceptional underwater visibility makes Shetland perfect scuba diving country. Some of the most spectacular views in the islands are below the waves - submerged cliffs, stacks and caves of long-drowned shorelines.


AnglingShetland is one of Europe's richest fishing grounds and that's reflected in the catches of mackerel, coley, ling and other ground fish landed at our traditional 'Eela' competitions.


KayakingShetland's extensive and accessible coastline offers a paradise for sea kayakers. There are hundreds of miles of cliffs and deserted beaches, countless sea caves including some of Europe's finest.


ClimbingThe climbing in Shetland is about as varied as you could hope for. Apart from big mountain routes there isn’t much that’s not catered for.


CyclingShetland offers many quiet, relatively flat roads for cycle touring, and there are bike hire shops in Lerwick and Unst, with electric, road and mountain bikes available.

Sailing and Surfing

Sailing and SurfingShetland has nearly 1700 miles of coastline, 100 islands, natural harbours and crystal clear waters - perfect for sailing. Dinghy sailing is popular in Shetland, where sailing and rowing regattas are a big part of summer social life.


GolfFancy teeing off at midnight? No problem in Shetland's 'simmer dim' (midsummer twilight). Surrounded by beautiful scenery, our four island courses love to welcome visitors and offer a golfing experience out of the ordinary.