Loch of Clickimin
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and breath. Don’t get us wrong Lerwick isn’t as busy as other towns accross the UK. But when we do go to Lerwick it is usually for children clubs, plus shopping and sometimes it can all get a bit too much. One of the bests ways for us to get away from it all is going for a quick walk around some local green space, this particular walk is just opposite one of the main supermarkets in Shetland. This circular route follows the fully accessible path around the outside of the loch and is an enjoyable, easy flat walk where you can take in the views of the loch itself, visit the historical Clickimin Broch and say hello to some Shetland Ponies.
We tend to start off our walk from the Clickimin Leisure Centre carpark which is right next to Loch. We usually enjoy walking slowly around the Loch itself, taking time to look across the water and just forget everything and breath. Other times we are trying to catch up with Brynn if he is doing some training for one of his challenges. But, no matter what, we always like stopping for several minutes to say hello to the Shetland Ponies who can often be seen in the field next to the Clickimin Broch.
Next we go past the access path to the Clickimin Broch itself. We tend to carry on walking past the broch as sadly it is inaccessible to wheelchairs and buggies due to the kissing gates at the entrance of the access path. But, if you can manage the kissing gates turn left and follow the access path to the Clickimin broch.
The Clickimin Broch itself is an amazing well preserved stone built round house which are found only in Scotland. There is a number of different structures around the site dating around 1000 BC to 500 AD. Faith loves playing hide and seek around here as there is plenty place to hide! You can find out more about the history of Clickimin broch here. It is a fascinating place to have a wander around, if you are able to visit the Broch we would highly recommend it.
After the broch access path we continue on the path along the road and follow it around to the left at the roundabout, where we continue the calming walk again along the other side of the Loch and back towards the car park. If you would like to see this walk, we have plotted the route over on OS Maps here for you to download and print.