Amid the bleak moorland that characterises much of the Shetland landscape, the parallel valleys of Weisdale and Petta Dale in central Mainland are unusually green and pleasant. They mark the outcrop of thick beds of limestone, which weathers down to produce a rich and fertile soil.
Tingwall & Around
North of Scalloway, the B9074 follows the western shore of Loch of Tingwall through the fertile Tingwall Valley. The two lochs here – Loch of Asta and Loch of Tingwall – are good for trout fishing; contact the Shetland Anglers Association for information and permits.
The western part of Mainland (known locally as 'the West Side') is notable for its varied scenery: bleak moors, sheer cliffs, rolling green hills and numerous cobalt-blue lochs and inlets. Its quiet backroads and secluded bays are ideal for walking, cycling and fishing.