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Shetland 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.

The beauty of the islands attracts those who are drawn to the natural environment. Outdoor enthusiasts love to push the boundaries by climbing the highest peaks, walking the long distance paths or cycling to the extremities of the land. Shetland offers the richest reward to those who recognise that Scotland stretches a whole 171 miles (275km) beyond John O’ Groats.

One of the best ways to see the real Shetland is by bike. Cycling offers the opportunity to cover the whole of the islands. You can set your own pace, allowing you to experience all aspects of Shetland life.

Shetland has everything a cyclist could hope for. The various islands are accessible by regular ferry services and with 1000 miles of road waiting to be explored, excellent road surfaces and low volume traffic on even the main roads, cycling is a pleasure.

Though the islands are far from flat, most gradients are gentle. Main roads are wide and many sections also have a hard shoulder. In most places you can see and be seen a long way ahead. While the hills may be predictable, weather conditions are less so, but that's all part of the challenge.

If you do encounter a mechanical problem there are two cycle repair shops in Lerwick and cycle hire is also available.

With 19 hours of daylight in midsummer, endless varied scenery and breathtaking views to be explored, Shetland is the cyclist's dream.

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Bike Hire

There are a few places where you can hire bikes in Shetland.

Grantfield GarageLerwickT: +44 (0)1595 692709; E: admin@grantfieldgarage.co.uk
Sumburgh HotelSumburghT: +44 (0)1950 460201; E: info@sumburghhotel.com
Shetland Community Bike ProjectLerwickT: +44 (0)1595 690077; E: shetlandbikeproject@ukfsn.org

It is also possible to take your own bike to Shetland. Northlink Ferries are able to take bikes from Aberdeen to Shetland, on their daily route, free of charge. It is also possible to transport bikes on Loganair flights from all major Scottish airports. To find out more please consult Loganair's web page explaining their rules on travelling with sports equipment.

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