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Most of us seem happy to go away from Shetland for our holidays. If you wanted a holiday in Shetland, where would you go and what would you do?

 

My personal favourite would be sailing anywhere around Shetland followed by a week in Isbister in Whalsay. Bonniest place in Shetland.

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Ayeee, folks, to me as being a visiting tourist this is a very interesting question!

The difference to similar posts before: Not your favourite place for an afternoon walk or a day out! Where to go, to stay and what to do ... let me say for a week or two ... makes a bit of difference ... ;-)

 

I have a long list of favourite places ... but some are marked with an "asterix" = being trapped there ... ???

 

It is not only my prob (ok, it is not my prob, because I know a little about Shetland) but it is a prob that is not answered for example by VisitShetland in a satisfying way up to now.

 

I'm waiting ... ;-)

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Mousa - avoid the throng of tourists at the broch and walk around the North end and around to the East Ham and up around East shore to the pools at the South. Amazing place to spend a day and get a tasty sun tan - even on the turdtiest of days?!

 

Helliness - walk out along the foreshore from the Cunningsburgh Marina along to Moe Geo; check out the remains of the Grey Fish around the point of Pundsta; walk along to the Taing and then up around to the house and then along the foreshore to Aith. Great scenery and lots of fresh air.

 

With a small boat set out from North Roe and motor to Fethaland - amazing caves and bird / sealife to be seen. Then on way back take a trip to the Muckle Holm (Mucklüm) which is actually shaped like doughnut and you can get into the centre of it from the sea with a low ebb.

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Mousa - avoid the throng of tourists at the broch and walk around the North end and around to the East Ham and up around East shore to the pools at the South. Amazing place to spend a day and get a tasty sun tan - even on the turdtiest of days?!

 

 

I spent a great day on Mousa on Sunday 22nd May 2005. 8)

 

It was even better when I turned on Radio Scotland at 10 to 5 in the Cliffs of Cunningsburgh. :wink:

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It depends what you want. I have always loved Spiggie because of the dunes and the emptiness of the beach. My kids loved it too, and St. Ninians. Eshness, Hillswick, Voe, Brae. Used to go there as a child. But the Knab has always been magic to me when, as a peerie lass of 3, my dad took me there and there seemed to be a magic about it. Ok I know I'm a big lass noo and it seems peerie mootie, but I still head straight there when I come hame. The Burn O' Lunklett is spectacular, Clickamin is a great place for kids, the Lounge is wonderful, Lunna is marvellous (I'm running out of adjectives here, folks). Lerwick is great, lots of history and a great museum - let's face it, Shetland is just great. All places are the best places to go. However, I have to say I was disappointed, on my last visit, that the Waari Geo has become a bit 'broken'. Ladder and walkway gone. Progress of the pool, I suppose.

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Gert's Week (Garth's Wick) and surrounds. It had a few years down time, thankyou for nothing M.V. Braer, but nature has repaired pretty well. Up the valley round Quam and the Westing is pretty good too.

 

Vederik can be a nice spot, as can round the geos on the south side of Ninian's Isle.

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Unst for me. But my father was from Unst and I spent my summer hols up there. You just have to come of the ferry and smell the peat smoke. Every time I go back it like being in a time warp. Harolds shop in Uyeasound was a treasure throve for a small barin.

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... just a footnote:

 

Earlier in this thread I have stated "This are my favourites: 1, 2, 3, 4 ... etc."

 

BUT:

Some three weeks ago or so we did the job on Shetland Inshore Waters for Shetlopedia. Robbie (now I'm allowed to say so ;-) ) did the little texts and me made the nasty graphs for a first and rough indication where the water is.

 

THE RESULT:

Being confronted with about 260 places where I was been to over the last 30 years within a week or so ... going 260 time to the OS "Get a map search" making it 260 times sure that my guesses on the location are not wrong ... ;-) that simply ended up with:

I don't have a favourite location!!!

 

Sorry, for different feelings of a Non-Shetlander ... ;-)

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My personal favourite would be sailing anywhere around Shetland

 

I think I have to agree with sailor. To see Shetland by boat is a must, not to mention the potential for wildlife!

 

I remember going on the mailboat to Foula and being followed by dolphins for a good part of the journey. Foula is a must. Very impressive clifftop scenery.

 

I also have to agree with islandhopper. There are just too many places to see; Eshaness, Ronas Hill, Sumburgh Head, Noss, Skaw, and Uyea (Northmavine) to mention a few but the list is almost endless.

 

If you are unable to see Shetland by boat then might I suggest hiring a car, packing a tent, taking a map and taking it as it comes.

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Despite it being right on my door step more or less, I hadn't been for a few years to the end of the Vementry road. I had forgotten what a lovely spot it is for fishing and hill wandering. With about the only noise you can hear on a flat calm night is the Sheep or Curlews.

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absolutely agree about vementry - spent a midsummer week there two years ago, complete peace and quiet, fabulous wildlife, yet still in the centre of the isles if you want to go touring from there

 

But that said, there is only one Sandness (except for the one in Norway)

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Unst for me. But my father was from Unst and I spent my summer hols up there. You just have to come of the ferry and smell the peat smoke. Every time I go back it like being in a time warp. Harolds shop in Uyeasound was a treasure throve for a small barin.

 

You could be me! Well, except I dinna think I wis ever at Harold's shop, but I remember upstairs at Skibhoull!

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