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Walking on the Orkney and Shetland Isles

80 walks in the northern isles

Walking guidebook to 80 routes on the Orkney, Shetland and Fair Isles. Day walks include routes on Hoy, Rousay, Foula, Yell and Unst as well as the mainlands. Walks range from 1 to 16 miles and provide options for walkers of all abilities. Information on interesting sites, getting there and getting around the islands included.


April, May and June are the best months to go for daylight, sunshine and nesting birds, but the Northern Isles are a year-round destination - hardly ever getting midges or snow!


Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stromness, Hamnavoe, Scalloway


From short walks to ancient monuments and waymarked coastal strolls to 10-mile traverses, there is something for everyone. Some routes will require basic navigational skills.

Must See

Superb wildlife - whales, otters, seals, puffins, whooper swans, birds of prey, seabirds; ancient archaeological sites - Skara Brae, Jarlshof, the Mousa Broch; the Old Man of Hoy; and the North Ronaldsay Coastal Traverse.
13 Apr 2016
11 Jul 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

A guidebook to 80 walks on the Isles of Shetland and Orkney. From short strolls to ancient monuments to more challenging cliff-top routes and moorland traverses, there is something for walkers of all levels of fitness and experience.

The walks range in length from 2–26km (1–17 miles) and cover 25 islands across Orkney and Shetland as well as Fair Isle and Foula. 

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • Detailed information on public transport to and around the islands
  • Local points of interest are featured including Skara Brae and Old Man of Hoy
  • Information included on archaeology, history and local wildlife

Table of Contents
Graham Uney Cicerone author UNEY

By Graham Uney

Graham Uney runs Wild Walks Wales from his home in Welshpool, where he leads walking groups in the beautiful hills of the Welsh borders and mid-Wales. He previously ran Shetland Walking and Wildlife from his home on the Westside of Shetland. Graham also runs week-long skills courses for hillwalkers, National Navigation Award Scheme courses at all levels and digital photography workshops for beginners.

Graham has had 15 books published to date. He is also a freelance journalist and photographer, and an occasional ecological surveyor. In his spare time he is rediscovering rock climbing and is a keen bird ringer, mandolin and guitar player, gardener and dog walker.

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