‘Don’t miss the Muckle Flugga’

MCN - - GREAT EXPERIENCES - Steve Henry

Shet­land born and bred, Steve Henry, Gold­wing owner and font of lo­cal knowl­edge, is the go-to guy on Shet­land for all things bike. He’s the only bike in­struc­tor on Shet­land, a trained guide and one of the founders of the Sim­mer Dim Rally, the UK’s most northerly bike rally, which is now in its 36th year. “There’s so many sights that it’s dif­fi­cult to pick the best,” said Steve. “But I’d say you have to ex­plore Skaw and Saxa Vord. They’re the most northerly tip of Unst and two ferry rides from the main­land, but worth it. You get to see the fa­mous Muckle Flugga light­house. Eshaness, to the west of the main­land, is a fan­tas­tic place to spot seals and the beaches are beau­ti­ful. “The puffins play around the cliffs of Sum­burgh Head, to the south, they’re not afraid of hu­mans and fly close to your head. There’s also a great cafe where you can take in the view.” “You get all four sea­sons in a day here, so be pre­pared to ride in all weath­ers. And be care­ful of free-roam­ing sheep; they are as thick as two short planks.”

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