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Thanks everybody. Aberdeen - Ripley is 420 miles, which is a bit too much for a single day for my taste, but it's certainly doable. Tough decision - solstice on the Shetlands then rush down to Ripley, Shetlands earlier than that then take two or three days to get down to Ripley, or forego the Shetlands alltogether.

jonnyingram, I know the 60th parallel is not yet far enough north for the midnight sun but does it stay light at night around late June? Is it worth it to be there on June 21st (any midsummer festivities one would not want to miss) or wouldn't it make a difference if we'd be there two days earlier?
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Hi, I went to the northern tip of Unst about 10 yrs ago. Hitch hiked because there were no buses. Fabulous place. If you get there take a walk in the park. The scenery is fantastic provided the fog isn't too thick, and watch out for the scewers (big agressive birds)probably spelt differently. I wandered into their nesting area in dense fog. They were not happy. It's a bit scary being attacked by things the size of a goose flying at you full tilt.

I was there on the longest day of the year and could read a newspaper at midnight.

Keep you eye out for the bus stop set up with a couch and tv along that road. Something different. (if it's still there).

All the Islands are great. On that trip I went to the Shetlands,Orkney's, Outer Hebridies and some of the inner islands Mull, Skye. Iona.

I'm going over to ride around the north of Scotland at the end of May as the start to a European tour. I'd love to go back up to the Shetlands but I won't have the time. So many places, so little time.

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I just did the ferry math, and it would amount to roughly 180 pounds return (Scrabster - Stromness, Kirkwall - Lerwick, Lerwick - Aberdeen). It'd also take at least three days (Scrabster - Stromness on 6/20, then Kirkwall - Lerwick over night, then Lerwick-Aberdeen on 6/22) and leave is with a full day for the Orkneys, two days for the Shetlands and a full day to get to Ripley on the 23rd (ferry arrives in Aberdeen at 7am). It's a bit of a rush but I do like the idea of going up as far North as possible, and who knows when we'll be in that area again, if ever.
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Hi Guys,

It was a bit of a surprise to me, I must admit but the most Northerly road in the UK appears to be the B9087 Skaw road, on Unst, in the Shetland Isles.

So has anyone here been there?


I've been there. Two summers ago on my Triupmh Tiger. It was really quite weird as the road ends at a farm house and small beach. There is no sign or anything but it most certainly is the most northerly road in the British isles. You turn your bike around and there you are, the whole of the UK south of you. All roads lead south. A weird feeling. Just as I was about to leave someone came out from the farm house and asked me if I wanted to sign their book. They were on holiday too, but knew the people who lived in the house and they have a visitors book for people to sign. So I did.

I met very few bikers on either Shetland or Orkeny, mainly Germans and Dutch. It seems Brits. prefrer to go south for the sun but we really are missinf some wonderful scenery and roads by ignoring Scotlnad and heading from France/Spain.
Hi Lonesome George,

I love riding and camping around Scotland, it's just that I've never gone all the way up. Well this years I'm going to do my utmost to change that!
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Well this years I'm going to do my utmost to change that!
When do you plan to get there?
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Hi MJ,

it all depends on how my job chasing goes!

The ideal would be September but we'll see how things progress.
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Well, if you decide to do it in June drop me a line
And good luck with the job hunting.
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Hi MJ,

will do mate.

Thanks for your wishes.

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There are a lot of bikers living in Shetland.The croft at Skaw is let out as a holiday home.
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mj try Braewick Caravan Park and Restaurant, Eshaness, Shetland link for camping,we go there for lunch sometimes
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