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.
|Esha Ness short clifftop walk, Northmavine||3.5km||1 hour|
|Isleburgh chambered cairn from Mavis Grind||2.25km||1 hour|
|Ward of Clett, Whalsay||6.25km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Ness of Hillswick circuit, Northmavine||7.75km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Fethaland from Isbister||10km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Out Skerries circuit: Bruray and Housay||11.75km||3.5 - 5 hours|
|Esha Ness and Tangwick circuit, Northmavine||13.75km||3.5 - 5 hours|
|Uyea circuit from Sandvoe, Northmavine||15.5km||5 - 5.5 hours|
|Ronas Hill - Shetland's highest summit, Northmavine||6.5km||3 - 4 hours|
|Lunna Ness circuit, from Outrabister||11km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Muckle Roe and the Hams||11.5km||4 - 5.5 hours|