The 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.

The wild seas, the constantly changing weather and the remoteness of the islands makes Shetland one of the most unique rock climbing experiences in Britain. There is nowhere else in the UK where it is possible to climb on so many different types of rock in such a small area, and nowhere else where you will feel as if you are climbing on the very edge of the world.

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Shetland is a little known destination for rock climbers, but this is slowly starting to change. There is something here for everyone, whether you're a complete beginner or you've been climbing for as long as you can remember. The black, towering cliffs at Eshaness contain the most spectacular routes on Shetland, with the added excitement of the North Atlantic snapping at your heels, whilst those on Ronas Hill give secluded and peaceful climbing in a moorland environment.

The cliffs face in all directions, so you can climb wherever the wind is coming from, and access to the cliffs is anything from stomach churning 75m abseils into the unknown, to gentle strolls across pebble beaches.

In Shetland, you can climb the most northerly rock climb in the UK, as well as make first ascents of new routes. You can bathe in glorious sunsets and climb at midnight during the Simmer Dim. There are undiscovered crags all round the islands, wildly exciting seas, beautiful skies and a whole world of adventure and exhilaration just waiting to be found.

You can find a comprehensive guide to climbing in Shetland in this article on UK

Find out more and get a copy of a local climbing guide at, a site dedicated to documenting and developing climbing in Shetland. Shetland’s Climbing Club has its own website and holds informal practice sessions. A climbing wall is being built at the West Mainland leisure centre with plans to be open to the public in May 2018.

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