Shetland end to end?

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Shetland end to end?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 15 Apr 2016, 7:35pm

Just back from my third visit to Shetland.
A great place with wonderful folk and scenery.
Weather can be a challenge at times but roads are smooth and rolling.

I'm not a racer by any means but the publicity given by Mark Beaumont and others to the Herbrean Way and the North Coast 500 got me thinking about a Shetland End to End.

My map puts it at about 85 miles with 2 ferries. So a reasonable day one way and a fair challenge for a 24 hour return trip.

Anyone know of this route/ idea is recognised in a semi/ official way?

Is it something the tourist board of Shetland may be interested in promoting?

Any thoughts appreciated.

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Re: Shetland end to end?

Postby redtrek1100 » 15 Apr 2016, 10:44pm

You are probably aware that Shetland is part of the North Sea Cycle route: http://www.northsea-cycle.com
I'm not aware of a one-day cycle from one end to the other being a recognised event, but planning to do the route in a more leisurely manner at the end of May.

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Re: Shetland end to end?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 15 Apr 2016, 10:50pm

redtrek1100 wrote:You are probably aware that Shetland is part of the North Sea Cycle route: http://www.northsea-cycle.com
I'm not aware of a one-day cycle from one end to the other being a recognised event, but planning to do the route in a more leisurely manner at the end of May.


Thanks. Yes, I saw the north sea cycle route signs.
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Re: Shetland end to end?

Postby irc » 16 Apr 2016, 5:31am

There was a guy a while back talking about a Scotland west coast end to end from Mull of Galloway to the northernmost point of Shetland. Good route for scenery/ferries.

I've thought about it. Ardrossan to Canmpbelltown. Oban to Barra. Ullapool Stornaway. Then Orkney Shetland ferries and return to Aberdeen on the way home.

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Re: Shetland end to end?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 16 Apr 2016, 11:09am

irc wrote:There was a guy a while back talking about a Scotland west coast end to end from Mull of Galloway to the northernmost point of Shetland. Good route for scenery/ferries.

I've thought about it. Ardrossan to Canmpbelltown. Oban to Barra. Ullapool Stornaway. Then Orkney Shetland ferries and return to Aberdeen on the way home.


That could have been me! 2 years ago I did the top of Shetland to Mull of Galloway. Via Lewis, Harris, Eigg and Skye.
Camped and stopped if frequently, so not a race in any way.
Caught good weather more often than not and managed Ben Nevis as well.

It was seeing Mark B do the end to end of the Western Isles that got me thinking if the Shetland End 2 End.
Maybe it's not significant enough? Whatever that means in tourist speak!
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Re: Shetland end to end?

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Re: Shetland end to end?

Postby molly » 20 Apr 2016, 12:31am

The Shetland Wheeler's have a ride entitled 'The Four Corners of Shetland'

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/208909659/