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Cycling in the Shetlands

Golf Courses on Shetland

The biggest golf course on Mainland Shetland is Shetland Golf Club, just off the main A970 road that runs through the island. This is an 18-hole, challenging par 68 moorland and parkland course that runs up both valleys surround the Dales Voe sea loch. The Club welcomes visitors and as it hardly gets dark in the Summer months you can fit in a round of golf well into the evening. Clubs and trolleys can be hired and there is a bar serving refreshments and light snacks. Groups are asked to book in advance.

This is the second most Northerly golf course in Britain - Whalsay Golf Club is the most Northerly (though an unofficial one in the sand dunes in Unst is further North still!).

One mile north of Scalloway in the Tingwall Valley is Asta Golf Club. This is a nine-hole course set in a flower-rich valley with views of Loch of Asta and Tingwall Loch. In fact at least one of the tees borders the loch. The hazards appear to be the wildlife and the winds! Regular ceilidhs (traditional music evenings) are held in the clubhouse so you get the best of both Shetland and Scottish culture.

Walking and cycling

Shetland’s 1000 miles of stunning coastal scenery make these islands the perfect location for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The Walk website is particularly good as a reference point, splitting its recommended walks into difficulty levels and locations. It also provides map references, details of the nearest public toilet, walk length and the approximate time it will take to complete - a well recommended website.

Similarly, Cycle Shetland’s pages include some handy suggestions of cycle routes to take, again including distances, maps, and really in-depth write-ups from those who know the routes well.

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Active sports

With activities run by the Shetland Islands Council, some great times can be had in the Shetlands. Why not try coasteering? Participants wear wetsuits and jump in and out of the sea, exploring waterline, caves and rocks. Canoeing is also particularly popular on this rugged coastline. Train up then explore the caves, arches and stacks. In addition, the Shetlands are a great place for climbing owing to their particular geology. The same goes for abseiling on some of Shetland’s stunning rock faces with dramatically crashing waves below.

Accommodation in the Shetland Islands

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