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Baltasound - Muness Castle

South of Baltasound there is several options to make detours from the route to Muness.

Distance: 25km / 15.5 miles  (Circular route)

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The first option of a detour is 4 miles (6.5km) south on the A968 by taking the road to the right for Westing. After 0.5 mile (1km) take the junction to the left for a short distance to the prehistoric standing stone; this is Bordastubble Standing Stone and is the largest in Shetland. You can continue along this road for 1 mile (1.5km), passing through several farm gates, to the cemetery car park that overlooks the golden sands of Lund beach. The ruins of the 12th Century St Olaf’s Kirk are within the cemetery walls.

Continuing south on the A968 for about 0.5 miles (1km) take the B9084 to Uyeasound; home to the Gardiesfauld Youth Hostel, one of Shetland's most popular youth hostels. Follow the narrow road around to the waterfront this is Britain’s most northerly one-way system. Uyeasound was once a busy herring fishing port during the 19th Century; today it is a centre for fish farming operations.

There is 2.5 miles (4km) of single-track road to Muness and just beyond Clivocast you will pass a standing stone on the right; made of schist and covered in lichen it look more like a tree stump. From here there are excellent views across the water to Uyea and the high cliffs of the East Neap of Fetlar. The ruined Muness Castle at the road end was a 16th century fortified house built in 1598 by Laurence Bruce and was designed by Andrew Crawford, who also designed Scalloway Castle.

Returning towards Clivocast there is an option to make a right turn and take the single-track road 1 mile (1.5km) to the croft at Hannigarth. From here it is a short walk down to the long sandy beach at Sand Wick. A team of archaeologists and volunteers spent four seasons (2004-2007) excavating a prehistoric building eroding out of the dunes before it was claimed by the sea. Beyond the beach is a ruined chapel, probably pre-Reformation, standing within its burial ground.

Entering Uyeasound you can take the side road along the west shore of Easter Loch to rejoin the A968 for the 5 miles (8km) run back to Baltasound.

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    Route Distance 48km
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  • Baltasound - Hermaness

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    Route Distance 21km
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  • Baltasound - Muness Castle

    Route Type Circular
    Route Distance 25km
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    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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