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Day-by-day Programme

The programme will be tailored to your wishes and interests, but this is an example of how the holiday may look like.

Hiking vacation Shetland, Scotland

 

  1. Sunday: Fitful Head
  2. Monday: Yell
  3. Tuesday: Nesting
  4. Wednesday: Papa Stour
  5. Thursday: Uyea, North Roe
  6. Friday: Muckle Roe

 

Saturday: Glasgow - Aberdeen - Shetland
We will meet in Glasgow and travel by train to Aberdeen. In Aberdeen we will board the overnight ferry to Lerwick.

Sunday: Fitful Head
Fitful Head is a dramatic point near the southern end of Mainland Shetland, and from the top at 930ft/283m the cliffs drop steeply to the sea.

The views from Fitful Head are excellent. Crofts and farmland are fringed by shell sand beaches and secluded coves. Across the sea are the dramatic silhouettes of Fair Isle and Foula.

6 miles/9.5km, 985ft/300m of ascent

Monday: Yell
Today's walk takes us to the Stuis of Graveland starting near Grimister where the sea almost splits Yell into 2 islands.

Most of Yell is uninhabited and covered in peat blanket with many fresh water lochs dotted around the moorland. This characterises our walk as soon as we leave the tiny settlement of Grimister on the Whale Firth behind us. We will overlook Whale Firth to the east and Yell Sound to the west during most of the walk.

As one can expect of the Shetland Isles, we will enjoy spectacular coastal scenery with good views to Northmavine in the west.

7.5 miles/12km, 985ft/300m of ascent

Papa Stour, Shetland Islands

Papa Stour

Tuesday: Nesting
This is one of the finest stretches of coast line on the east side of Mainland. The coast and surrounding hills are packed with field systems, houses, burial cairns and fortifications from ancient times.

Combined with the wonderful cliff scenery and views towards Whalsay, Out Skerries, Bressay and Noss, this area offers wonderful walking with a good chance to see otters.

We can choose from 2 walks, one at South Nesting and the other at North Nesting, both very much worth doing.

Up to 10 miles/16km and up to 490ft/150m of ascent

Wednesday: Papa Stour
Papa Stour - ‘big island of the priests’ - is formed from volcanic lava and ash and then sculpted by the sea, resulting in an impressive coast line with caves, arches, stacks, skerries and subterranean passages.

It is one of the most fertile of the Shetland Islands - its only failing being a total lack of fuel in the form of peat.

The ferry crossing is 40 minutes and we will have 6 hours on the island. Our walk will take around the wild and remote western part of the island.

8.5 miles/14km, 330ft/100m of ascent

Thursday: Uyea, North Roe
A walk on Lewisian gneisses, the oldest rocks of Shetland, and indeed of Great Britain. These rocks are part of the original crust of the continent of Laurentia and were formed between 3,000 and 1,500 million years ago. Mostly granite-like in origin these rocks have experienced numerous upheavals in the Earth's crust or 'mountain building events', that have deformed and metamorphosed the rocks.

Uyea, Northmavine, Shetland

Uyea, North Roe

We start the walk from Sandvoe through an extensive moorland landscape. At the Beorgs of Uyea where a plug of magma forced its way into the metamorphic rocks, we will visit the Neolithic Axe Factory. Here they quarried the felsite on an industrial scale for the production of highly polished stone knives, axes, adzes and maces.

Near the coast we pass through the ruins of the crofting township of Uyea and the Uyea Haaf station.

The tidal island of Uyea is the furthest point of our walk.

The return leg follows the dramatic coastline ascending and descending very steep slopes into and out of glaciated valleys. Not far from Sandvoe we reach Roer Mill beach, the only safe landing place along the coast between Uyea and Sandvoe.

A good chance to see golden plover, red-throated diver and mountain hare.

9.5 miles/15km and 985ft/300m of ascent

Muckle Roe, Shetland Islands

Muckle Roe

Friday: Muckle Roe
Muckle Roe offers splendid isolation with a dramatic coastline at your feet. There is so much to enjoy, one could spend days exploring Muckle Roe.

Our walk will take us to the Hams. The Hams of Muckle Roe get their names from Old Norse and translates as the Havens (or Harbours) of the Big Red Island. There is a deserted settlement between the beaches of North Ham and South Ham, which is set among spectacular red granite cliffs.

Our next stop is the Geo of Stromness, above which is the ruin of a croft outbuilding. We then continue south along a coastline which abounds with cliffs, geos and beaches.

8.5miles/14km and 460ft/130m of ascent.

After this last walk of our Shetland holiday, we travel back to Lerwick and board the overnight ferry to Aberdeen.

Saturday: Aberdeen - Glasgow
We will arrive in Aberdeen around 7.00 hours. After breakfast on the ferry, we will travel back to Glasgow by train.