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3 billion years in the making...

Exceptional and accessible

Eshaness coastline, Northmavine. Copyright Paul Harvey. Eshaness coastline, Northmavine. Copyright Paul Harvey.ZoomFrom the highest sheer cliffs in Britain to the best ‘hands on’ exposure of the Great Glen Fault, Shetland is packed with an incredibly varied geology spanning almost 3 billion years.

Where else can you walk on an ancient ocean floor, explore an extinct volcano and stroll across shifting sands all in the space of a day? Along the way you will discover some of the most stunning scenery in the UK and find out how our geology has influenced every part of life in Shetland.

Discover ocean floors, volcanoes and shifting sands in a day!

St. Ninian's Isle sand tombolo, South Mainland. Copyright Davy Cooper St. Ninian's Isle sand tombolo, South Mainland. Copyright Davy CooperZoom


9am - Walk on an ocean floor: Unst is an open air museum of oceanic rocks. At the Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserve you can walk across a landscape little changed in 12,000 years and discover a plant found nowhere else in the world.

1pm - Explore an ancient volcano: At Eshaness you can see the best section through the side of a volcano in the UK. Take the volcano trail to discover more about Shetland’s volcanic past and witness the destructive force of the powerful Atlantic Ocean.

5pm - Stroll across shifting sands: St Ninian’s is one of the finest sand tombolos in Europe, and the largest active tombolo in the UK. Stroll across the sands to St Ninian’s Isle and visit the chapel where the famous Pictish Treasure was found.

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