In Shetland, we are lucky to live in a place where walking gives us beautiful landscapes and fresh air. We have fantastic leisure facilities and numerous sports clubs to give us a wide variety of ways in which we can achieve our physical activity goals locally. As well as sport, there is so much more social activities that Shetland has to offer! For more information about what's on near you, have a look below :
Click on this link to see the contact details for your local Health Improvement Practitioner.
The Lerwick office is always staffed, please phone 01595 807494 on days there are no practitioners in your area.
Have you seen RSPB's Nature Prescription Calendar? This is a great way to get out and about which will help with both your mental and physical health. Why not dowload the calendar and try tick off the boxes for each month! You can download it here! For more information about what's on and ways to stay active in your area, please have a look below:
Lerwick & Gulberwick
The main sports hub of the whole of Shetland is located in Lerwick, the capital, where a number of facilities allow for sports and activies to be done that can not be done elsewhere. The Clickimin Sports Centre holds the biggest versatile space in Shetland, which caters for sports however big or small as well as events, concerts and much more! The swimming pool at Clickimin consists of a 25m pool, river rapids, flume rides, a bubble pool, an outdoor lagoon as well as a health suite and hydrotherapy pool. The main hall can be divided into 4 courts, however as much of the hall is available to hire as you wish! There are 2 gyms; Apex and Aspire, a multi-use studio where classes are held thoughout the day and a bowls hall. Outside is located Shetland's only 60:40 indoor dome and an athletics track. As you can imagine, all these facilities allow for a number of sports and clubs to happen, information of which can be found on their facebook page or website! Outwith Clickimin there are a number of other sports clubs, some of which include;
- Gulberwick & Quarff Yoal Club
- Shetland Archery Club
- Shetland Athletics Club
- Shetland Motor Sport Club
- Shetland Ladies Netball Association
- Shetland Darts Club
- Shetland Volleyball Mixed League
So many more other activites also happen, so many that we can not name the all, but here are just a couple:
And so much more! The list of activites that happen in Lerwick is endless, and endless fun! If you are interested in a taking up a sport or finding out information you can contact us here at Healthy Shetland, or the Clickimin Leisure Centre will be happy to help! For more information about what's on in Shetland you can visit the Promote Shetland page.
Delting & Nesting
North Mainland Leisure Centre is in Brae and offers a swimming pool, steam room, squash court and a gym which runs numerous classes each month. There is also an astro turf pitch which is avilable to hire through the leisure centre and is popular with the local Hockey League and Six-a-side football. For more information and updates you can visit their website or facebook page. New to Brae is the annual Come to Brae Days which is a weekend full of fun activities for you and the family to try, it's not to be missed! The local Brae hall puts on activities throughout the year for all the family, including gigs, film showings and much more! Keep an eye on their facebook page for what's on!
Another buzzing community can be found on the East side of Shetland Mainland where all year round many activites take place. The local South Nesting Public Hall is home to exercise classes, social gatherings, fish & chip nights and so much more. You can keep up to date with what's on there by having a look at their facebook page or on their website.
Some local sports clubs which may be of interest are listed below:
- Delting Netball Club
- Shetland Hockey Club
- Delting Football Club
- Delting Dolphins Swimming Club
- Delting Boating Club
- Vidlin Rowing Club
There is also a games hall available to hire for a variety of activities and can be hired through Shetland Islands Council.
Also located nearby is Voxter House, a farm house that is available to hire out with a nearby wooded area perfect for outdoor activities. You can find out more and make bookings on their facebook page.
Northmavine is a large area located in the north of Shetland and made up of Hillswick, Ollaberry, Urafirth and Eshaness. This buzzing commuinty has so much going on with plenty of social clubs you can join.
The Scalloway Pool is located next to the local school and consists of a four lane swimming pool. They run a variety of swimming activities and lessons suitable for all ages and ablities, more of which you can find out on their website. There is also a games hall nearby which is available to hire through the Shetland Islands Council - call 01595 744006 to make a booking. Scalloway has a great community with lots of activites running throughout the year, a particular highlight being the Scalloway Gala which runs every July. Local sports clubs include:
- Scalloway Football Club
- Sail Scalloway
- Shetland Weight Training Club - based in Scalloway
- Trondra Rowing Club
Other social activities that run in the community of Scalloway include:
The South Mainland Pool can be found next to Sandwick Junior High School and has a great variety of facilities to offer, including a four lane swimming pool, jacuzzi, toddler pool and a steam room. They have numerous activities and sessions running throughout the year which you can find out more about on their facebook page. There is a games hall available to rent too which can be done so through the Shetland Islands Council. The South Mainland has a buzzing community with so much to offer, more of which you can find out through their facebook page, but we've listed few named below:
- Bigton Rowing Club
- South Mainland Dance Club
- South Mainland Amateur Swimming Club
- South Mainland Pilates
- Viking Shetland Pony Club
- Sandwick Strings Badminton Club
- Sandwick Table Tennis Club
- Sandwick Sailing & Boating Club
If your looking for something a little different, there's plenty of other social groups you can attend, including:
- Sandwick History Group
- Bigton Toddler Group
- South Mainland Kinder Gym
- Bigton Youth Club
- Cunningsburgh History Group
- Cunningsburgh Youth Club
- Sandwick Young Farmers
Nearby is also the Hoswick Visitor Centre where many community events happen, keep an eye on their facebook page for more information.
The West Mainland Leisure Centre is located in Aith, close by to the school and public hall. It consists of a swimming pool with a seperate toddlers pool and spa pool, as well as a fitness suite, squash court and games hall which can be hired for activites such as football, short tennis, hockey, badminton, and netball, to name a few.
The community of Westside, or as well call it in Shetland, "Wastside" has a whole hub of local sports clubs ready for all to come and try. Below are a few, but for more enquiries contact the West Mainland Leisure Centre for more information:
- Whiteness & Weisdale Football Club
- Wastside Ramblers Football Club
- Wastside Netball Club
- Whiteness & Weisdale Boating and Sports Club
- South Whiteness Riding Club
Whalsay Leisure centre is situated just a 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal and has both dry and wet facilities and a wide range of activites. There is also an all weather playing field and multi court able to hire. For more information you can visit their website or facebook page.
There are a variety of sports clubs available in Whalsay as listed below, but if you are interested in anything else you can contact the leisure centre and they can put you in conact with the right person:
- Whalsay Riding Club
- Whalsay Golf Club
- Whalsay Young Sports Ambassadors
- Whalsay Netball Club
- Whalsay Football Club
Other social clubs also exist in whalsay that may be an interest to someone:
- Whalsay Darts Club
- Whalsay Snooker Club
- Whalsay Rural Skills Group
- Whalsay Learning Centre
- Craft & Create
Unst & Fetlar
The Leisure Centre for residents of Unst & Fetlar can be found at Baltasound, Unst and is the most northenly leisure centre in Britain! It has a swimming pool, gym, games hall, squash court as well as a multi court and full sized grass training pitch for use. There is always something going on in Unst which you can find out more about through their facebook page.
Every summer the annual UnstFest happens, with a week full of different activites which appeal to all, from half marathons to learning to knit, Unst has it all. To find out more about what it is and what's happening this year you can visit their website. Other useful websites include VisitUnst and What's On.
Unst has it's own cycle hire, allowing you to see the incredible landscape of Unst on wheels. Find out more information here.
Just like other areas of Shetland, there are sports clubs based in Unst which are open to all to come and try, including:
As well as sports Unst has so much more to offer, including the following:
Yell Leisure Centre is located in the heart of Mid Yell and open for all of the public to use. It has a swimming pool, gym, squash court and games hall which is avilable to hire for an activity of your choice. For more information you can visit their website or their facebook page for updates.
There are other sports clubs on offer in Yell, some of which are listed below. For more infomation on what's on in Yell, contact the Leisure Centre:
- Yell Netball Club
- North Isles Football Club
- Yell Badminton Club
- Yell Sailing Club and Sail Yell
- Yell Rowing Club
As well as sports there are plenty of other activites happening in Yell to go along and try with more information available from Vist Yell. Yell hosted the first ever FestiYell in 2016, a festival to promote the creative expertise of the island. There are other activities listed below:
Local Hall's in Yell keep the community busy, with various activities for all ages happening throughout the year. You can keep an eye on their facebook pages for more information: