This is a self-guided trail. Each sky-stop can be visited separately, and in any order – to cover all 12 you need a car or bike. Some sky-stops have an audio bench where you can listen, for example to local stories whilst admiring the panoramic skies; others have QR codes linked to more information. Topics covered include tidal energy and the link between the moon and tides; the northern lights; traditional sky-related stories and dialect; night skies; the extreme differences in winter and summer lengths of day, including the midnight sun; Viking history; and the Shetland climate and climate change. The trail is best done slowly, taking time to walk in the areas around the sky-stops.
This trail is not about an in-depth view of one particular aspect of science. It is about exploring the sky from many angles – scientific, cultural, historical and linguistic.
Culture and Traditions, Stars and Skies