St Ninian's Isle, Shetland
Lonely Planet voted Shetland, the far-flung archipelago off the north coast of Scotland, one of the places to visit in 2011. And it's not surprising. Think jaunty painted fishing villages, salty seafood and dramatic cliffs carpeted in wildflowers during the summer. St Ninian's Isle, separated from the main island by a tombolo, a spit of powder-white sand lapped on both sides by turquoise water, is idyllic on a sunny summer's day. A loop of the island (where a local schoolboy found a box of Pictish treasure back in 1958) whiles away a lovely couple of hours.
Distance 3.5 miles