Shetland and Orkney are wonderful places to explore at your own pace, be that by stretching your legs or by bike. The spectacular coastal scenery, fresh air and mile upon mile of beautiful countryside makes blazing a trail around the islands a pure joy.
Walking: There are numerous recommended walking routes on both Shetland and Orkney, making them a delight for walkers of all ages and abilities. Some of the islands offer quiet roads and peaceful scenery, while others are ideal for those seeking a more adventurous hike, with steep climbs, moorland and craggy cliffs on the agenda.
See the link below from Shetland.org for a fantastic selection of walks which enable you to explore the best of the islands, coast to coast:
Similarly, Orkney.com also have lots of detail on where best to pull on your walking boots and explore. There’s also a Coastal Walks video on this link for added inspiration:
Cycling: Shetland and Orkney offer many quiet roads which are just perfect for cycle touring. You can set your own pace and enjoy the pleasure of exploring by bike. You’ll find plenty of bike shops where you can hire either electric, road or mountain bikes and, if you plan to island hop, you can easily take a bike with you on the inter-island ferries and be assured of a two wheeled island adventure at the other end.
A fabulous selection of cycle routes in Shetland can be found on the link below:-