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Baltasound - Hermaness

This relatively short route links north to another of Shetland’s must visit sites - the National Nature Reserve at Hermaness.

Distance: 21km / 13 miles  (Circular route)

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The road over to Haroldswick cuts through the rocky hillside with views over Harold’s Wick. Greeting visitors on their arrival to Haroldswick is the Skidbladner, a scale replica of the 9th Century Gokstad ship unearthed in Norway. The Skidbladner was built by a team from Sweden in an attempt to undertake a crossing of the North Atlantic. After some problems the ship came to rest in Shetland, where it now forms part of The Viking Unst Project.

The Scottish National Heritage Visitor Centre based in the former lighthouse shore station at Burrafirth, provides a great opportunity for those who are unable to make the walk to the cliffs to learn about the seabirds of Hermaness. The world-famous reserve covers the Muckle Flugga rocks and Out Stack as well as the seabird cliffs and moorland of Hermaness. It is home to over 100,000 seabirds in the breeding season. From the reserve, there are wonderful views of Muckle Flugga and the ocean.

If you are planning to explore the reserve further on foot, this walking route around Hermaness will link with your ride. However, you don’t need to leave the bike behind to enjoy great views. There is a superb view of Burrafirth Beach leaving the car parking area at Hermaness.

On the return journey, the route makes a minor diversion through the village of Haroldswick. The Boat Haven, which celebrates the central role the sea has played in the lives of islanders, displays a wide variety of boats gathered from all over the islands. Nearby the displays of the Unst Heritage Centre feature geology, genealogy, traditional local crofting and the island’s famous fine lace.

There is an opportunity to extend your day ride by linking this route up to the Norwick & Skaw route.

  • Baltasound - Fetlar

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 48km
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  • Baltasound - Hermaness

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 21km
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  • Baltasound - Muness Castle

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 25km
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  • Baltasound - Saxa Vord, Norwick and Skaw

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 25km
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  • Brae - Hillswick

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 17.5km
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  • Brae - Mid Yell

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 36km
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  • Brae - Muckle Roe

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 16km
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  • Brae - Sullom, Gunnister and Nibon

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 24km
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  • Hillswick - Eshaness

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 21.5km
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  • Hillswick - Heylor, North Roe and Isbister

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 42km
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  • Lerwick - Brae

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 54.5km
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  • Lerwick - Bressay and Noss

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 24km
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  • Lerwick - Scalloway

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 9.5km
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  • Lerwick - Vidlin

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 38km
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  • Lerwick - Walls

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 38.5km
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  • Mid Yell - Baltasound/Norwick

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 23.5km
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  • Mid Yell - Fetlar

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 51.5km
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  • Mid Yell - North Yell (Gutcher, Cullivoe and Gloup)

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 32km
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  • Mid Yell - South Yell (West Sandwick, Ulsta and Burravoe)

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 38.5km
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  • Sandwick - Lerwick

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 23km
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  • Sandwick - Sandsayre, Cunningsburgh and Fladdabister

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 30km
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  • Sandwick - Scalloway

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 22.5km
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  • Scalloway - Brae

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 52km
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  • Scalloway - Burra and Tronda

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 31.5km
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  • Scalloway - Vidlin

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 35.5km
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  • Scalloway - Walls

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 37km
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  • Scousburgh - Sandwick

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 11km
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  • Scousburgh - Ward of Scousburgh and St Ninian’s Isle

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 18km
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  • Sumburgh

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 30km
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  • Sumburgh - Scousburgh

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 17km
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  • Vidlin - Brae

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 17.5km
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  • Vidlin - Lunna Ness

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 17km
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  • Vidlin - Mid Yell

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 46.5km
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  • Vidlin - Whalsay

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 21.5km
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  • Walls - Brae

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 38km
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  • Walls - Burrastow and Watsness

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 26km
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  • Walls - Clousta and Noonsbrough

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 38km
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  • Walls - Culswick, Westerwick and Easter Skeld

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 48km
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  • Walls - Vidlin

    Route Type Linear
    Route Distance 37km
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  • Walls - West Burrafirth and Papa Stour

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 26.5km
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