Rising as a stony dome of granite tundra, Ronas Hill stands 450 m (1,480 ft) above sea level and is the highest point of the Shetland Islands. The surrounding landscape provides a wild and windswept existence, with a sub-arctic climate. It is also a Ramsar site and contains many rare Arctic plants.
A parking area can be found atop Collafirth Hill, making for a high-altitude starting point. At the top of Ronas hill, there is a Neolithic Chambered Cairn, unusual in its position owing to its height.
In exceptionally good weather, most of the island can be seen. Views extend as far as the Fair Isle, an island famous for both its bird wildlife and knitwear.
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|450 m (1,480 ft)
|HU 3053 8349
|469: Shetland - Mainland North West