North Mainland, Muckle Roe, Whalsay and Skerries

North Mainland, Muckle Roe, Whalsay and Skerries

Northmavine is the northernmost part of Shetland Mainland, and the narrow isthmus of Mavis Grind makes it almost an island itself. It is a wonderful area for walking, being wild and rugged; the coastline has spectacular cliff scenery around Esha Ness whilst Fethaland and Uyea are destinations that will long live in the memory. Away from the coast, the stark rolling tundra of Ronas Hill is the highest point in all Shetland.

Across Mavis Grind, the rest of northern Mainland does house the massive Sullom Voe oil terminal but it is well hidden and away from it the wide landscapes are well worth exploring; it is also the gateway to several islands. Muckle Roe offers one of Shetland's finest and most rugged walks, whilst Whalsay - famed for its fishing fleet - and remote Out Skerries are essential destinations for island baggers.


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Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate using a map and compass.