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Geopark Code of Conduct


Shetland is famed for its natural beauty and wildlife. By following these simple guidelines you will respect the needs of those who rely on the countryside for their living whilst preserving the natural environment.

  • Use stiles and gates. Close any gates that you open.
  • Do not walk across cultivated fields or growing grass crops; keep to the edges.
  • If you have to cross cultivated land, do so by the edge of the field.
  • Try not to disturb livestock, especially during lambing time (mid April - mid June).
  • Dogs must be kept under close control or on leads.
  • Do not leave litter or start fires.
  • Try not to disturb nesting birds.
  • Respect wildlife and refrain from picking flowers.
  • Do not park so as to obstruct access roads or gates.
  • Beware of tides and cliffs, especially when with children.
  • Leave rocks as you find them.
  • Do not take geological specimens without permission (see Collecting).

For more information about your access rights and responsibilities please consult the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, available from Scottish Natural Heritage.


The collecting of original geological material such as rocks, minerals, and fossils, is not usually permitted within the Geopark. It may be permitted if it is done for scientific or educational purposes and with the permission of the landowner.

For information contact us.


  • Shetland's weather is very changeable so be prepared for bad weather, with warm, waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear, food and hot drinks.
  • Check the weather forecast before going out and heed local advice.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Wear a hard hat when inspecting cliff faces and high visibility waistcoats at road cuttings.
  • Terns and skuas defend their nests by 'dive-bombing' intruders. To deter them, wave your arms or hold a stick above your head and move out of the area.
  • Working quarries and mines (whether at work or idle) should only be visited by permission of the operators and under conditions specified by them.

Shetland Amenity Trust and its partners do not accept liability for any injury, loss or damage sustained by a person or caused to his/her property as a result of visiting any location here described.