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Shetland Islands by achilti on 14 February 2007 8:00pm
We are thinking of travelling to the Shetland Islands at the end of May for a cycling holiday, sleeping in a tent. We want an easyish time of it and were wondering if anyone could advise us on how 1-hilly it is, 2-rainy it is, 3-windy it is and 4-are there plenty of shops to stock up on provisions on a daily basis? Thanks in advance for any advise given
Re: Shetland Islands by peripatetically on 16 February 2007 12:59am
I have no idea but I hope you report back when you return to let me know all about the Shetlands. We might be ehading to Scotland again next summer and make a trip to Orkney, at elast. Not sure we'll get to the Shetlands, but I'd like to hear your experiences.

Have a blast!

Re: Shetland Islands by Blairhoyle on 27 February 2007 12:39pm
Me and the wife are heading up this summer, around June or July, there are no trees in Sheltand or Orkney they are in Oslo ;-)

I had an email from a girl I know from Orkney but I must have deleted it.

Re: Shetland Islands by Ken Dunn on 28 February 2007 9:49pm
I've been to the Orkneys, a similar group of islands nearer the mainland of Scotland. The main islands in the Orkney group are Hoy and Mainland Orkney. Mainland Orkney is fairly flat with reasonable roads (from way back when I was there) but Hoy is limited for roads and you might have to walk a bit if you wanted to see the Old Man of Hoy (a rock stack). A ferry goes to Kirkwall from Thurso and Thurso would be your departure point from mainland Scotland for a ferry to the Shetlands. The Shetlands have an oil terminal at Sullom Voe and are probably much better facilitated than the Orkneys because of this. Also Scapa Flow is a (WW2) natural harbour. Taking the Orkneys as a guide I would say that the Shetlands are 1) Not very hilly, 2) quite rainy, 3) quite windy and 4) OK for shops. We were plagued by midges at one of our campsites in Orkney and you'd need to be wary of the same problem on the Shetlands.
Re: Shetland Islands by peripatetically on 1 March 2007 1:59pm
Thanks for that information. I've made a note of them for future reference.
Re: Shetland Islands by Blairhoyle on 12 April 2007 2:08pm
here's some links





Re: Shetland Islands by tucsonmike on 13 April 2007 2:04am
Cold windy, midges ponies and sweaters?
Re: Shetland Islands by kazzzz on 13 April 2007 9:55am
I've been to the Orkneys too, I went for a day trip and ended up being stranded there for a number of days as the seas were so high that the boats could not make the trip back to the mainland!
If going to the Orkneys, you MUST visit Skara Brae, an excavated Neolithic village, it's fantastic:)
Re: Shetland Islands by Ken Dunn on 3 June 2007 10:45pm
The whole of tonight's 'Coast' new series programme on BBC1 UK was devoted to the Shetland and Orkney Islands, about half an hour each. The most interesting parts for me were the storm damage being done to cliff/rock faces being battered by the Atlantic and the ascent of The Old Man of Hoy in 5 hours, when the first televised ascent back in the 60s took 2 days.
Re: Shetland Islands by peripatetically on 4 June 2007 2:54pm
Oh, I wish that could be seen in the USA!

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