Shetland might not be renowned for its surf scene, but being exposed to swells from both the Atlantic and the North Sea, it can offer enjoyable surfing when conditions are right. The best locations for northerly barrels are in the south of the islands, close to Sumburgh Airport or at nearby Quendale or Boddam.
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has become increasingly popular in recent years and Shetland is an ideal spot to do it when the conditions are right. Tip: choose a relatively calm day or you'll be thrown all over the place! As with kayaking, there are lots of caves, inlets and islands to explore around the coastline, as well as plenty of freshwater lochs.
Just remember, weather conditions can change quickly in Shetland so remember to wear a life jacket, tell someone where you're going and when you plan on coming back.