"THE GARDEN OF SHETLAND"
The community of Fetlar is one of Unst’s closest neighbours and although the community has grown in very recent times there are still only 60
It is a very strong recommendation that you extend your stay on Unst to allow for a day or even an overnight stay on Fetlar.
Unst Walkers are Welcome have highlighted six walks on the island that you can select from.
For the most up to date information about accommodation and what's on in Fetlar visit www.fetlar.org
Make sure to book your ferries, either online or by phone on 01595 745804 at the Booking Office, (open Mon-Sat 0800-1700)
During the summer months Fetlar has a Shop/Cafe open Mon-Sun from 10am to 4.30pm. They serve soup, sandwiches, filled rolls, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Homebakes and Wi-Fi also available.
The Fetlar Interpretive Centre is open 11-4 Mon - Sat, 12.30-4pm on Sundays (May-September)
The Fetlar Interpretive Centre is a community museum and has been awarded a Visit Scotland 4 star recognition.
Fetlar has amazing wildlife and is Britain's premier site for the beautiful red-necked phalarope. Golden plover, dunlin, redshank,
lapwing, curlew are just some of the birds that make Fetlar their summer home. Fetlar also has award winning beaches.
Fetlar is a very fertile island with a wide variety of habitats. There are over 300 species of flowering plants which represents one of the
richest assemblages in Shetland.
Unst Walkers are Welcome support the RSPB in all their activities and expect all WAW visitors at our reserves and all independent walkers to respect the land and wildlife for future generations.
We have been asked to request that all visitors to Fetlar and Unst stay away from sensitive breeding areas May to September.
In particular this request applies on Fetlar to walks 1,2 & 3.
WAW and the RSPB would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for respecting our concerns.
All walks are covered by OS Landranger 1 & OS Explorer 470
The Link here is to the Shetland Core Path Plan which shows all the Fetlar Walks on one map. (Ref CPPF and then a number)
Sign Posted walks on Fetlar.
Walk 1 (CPPF 04 on Core Path Plan map)
The Urie walk starts at Hamars Ness ferry terminal and goes east and south east along the coast before returning to pick up the main
road near Oddsta. Moderate to challenging, heather and grass - 6km, 4 miles, 1.5 hours. (RSPB alert)
Walk 2 (CPPF 03) Link to map of Fetlar showing Hjaltadans walk in red
The Hjaltadans walk starts at North Dale and takes you first north east past the Hjaltadans stone circle, returning to the main road near the air
strip. Moderate walk, heather and grass - 8km, 5 miles, 2 hours. (RSPB alert)
Walk 3 (part of CPPF 05 route. Short loop to the west.)
Sensitive Whimbrel nesting area - take advice before starting this walk. Roundhouse Walk. Start from the very end of the road to the east in Fetlar. The round house walk starts at Everland and follows the coast along the Wick of Gruting. It goes around the round house before returning to Everland. Easy walk - 4km, 2.5 miles, 1 hour. (RSPB alert)
Walk 4 (Main section of CPPF 05 route)
The Strandburgh Ness Walk starts at Funzie beach and takes you north along the coast to Strandburgh Ness before following the coast south
west along the Wick of Gruting to Everland before returning along the road to Funzie.
Challenging, heather and grass - 12km, 7.5 miles, 3 hours.
Walk 5 (part of CPPF 05 route. Short loop from Funzie.)
The Nousta walk starts from the beach of Funzie and is an easy 1.3 km walk of 30 mins.
Walk 6 (CPPF 02)
The Snap Walk starts at Funzie beach and takes you south along the coast to the Snap before following the coast North to Aithbank and returning to Funzie. Moderate walk, uneven and grassy - 10km, 6miles, 2.5 hours.
Walk 7 (CPPF 01)
Papil Water Walk. Start from the Tresta Beach. Walk along the beach and then head north around Papil Water. Halfway around, head north up towards the house at Velzie and follow the road up to a crossroads. Turn right and follow the road back around to the beach.
Moderate to locally challenging, grass and tarred road - 4km, 2.5 miles, 1 hour.