Welcome to Cycle Shetland
The Shetland Islands are unique; a winning combination of landscape, wildlife, heritage and culture.
The beauty of the islands attracts those who are drawn to the natural environment. Outdoor enthusiasts love to push the boundaries by climbing the highest peaks, walking the long distance paths or cycling to the extremities of the land. Shetland offers the richest reward to those who recognise that Scotland stretches a whole 171 miles (275km) beyond John O’ Groats.
One of the best ways to see the real Shetland is by bike. Cycling offers the opportunity to cover the whole of the islands. You can set your own pace allowing you to experience all aspects of Shetland life.
Shetland has everything a cyclist could hope for. The various islands are accessible by regular ferry services and with 1000 miles of road waiting to be explored, excellent road surfaces and low volume traffic on even the main roads, cycling is a pleasure.
Though the islands are far from flat, most gradients are gentle. Main roads are wide and many sections also have a hard shoulder. In most places you can see and be seen a long way ahead. While the hills may be predictable, weather conditions are less so, but that's all part of the challenge.
Shetland is a very hospitable place and wherever you go on the islands you can be sure of a warm welcome and practical advice from the locals. If you do encounter a mechanical problem there are two cycle repair shops in Lerwick and cycle hire is also available. Accommodation to suit all budgets is plentiful too, with B&B, self catering, camping bods and luxury hotels to choose from.
With 19 hours of daylight in midsummer, endless varied scenery and breathtaking views to be explored, Shetland is the cyclist's dream.
‘Quiet roads, friendly locals and jaw-dropping scenery, cycling in Shetland is a joy’
This relatively short route links north to another of Shetland’s must visit sites - the National Nature Reserve at Hermaness.
The road over to Haroldswick cuts through the rocky hillside with views over H ...more
Our route starts with the 5 minute crossing on the ferry from Lerwick to Maryfield on Bressay; the ferry generally runs at intervals of between 30-60 minutes. Roads on Bressay don’t loop around the island and are mostl ...more
Esha Ness is one of Shetland’s outstanding ‘must visit’ destinations. Just outside Hilswick take the B9078 to Eshaness. This road is a series of longish climbs and dips for the 3.5 miles (5.5km) to Braewick ...more
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