Shetland

  • View of beach on Shetland

    St Ninian's beach

  • Bressay lighthouse on Shetland

    Bressay Lighthouse

  • Eshaness

    Cliffs of Eshaness

  • Swimming seals in Shetland

    Harbour seals

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    Welcome to Unst

  • ZD-Shetland-Pony-2015

    Shetland pony

  • ZD-Shetland-Sumburgh-Beach-

    Sumburgh Beach

  • SPP-Shetland-Noss-2015

    Gannets at Noss

  • SPP-Shetland-Yell-Sheep-201

    Sheep on Yell

Shetland Top Tips:

  • Discover Shetland’s unique heritage and culture in the justly award-winning Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick.
  • See the remarkably well preserved evidence of Bronze and Iron Age settlements at Mousa and Jarlshof.
  • Uncover the inspiration behind Ann Cleeve's gritty, iconic crime stories on which hit TV series "Shetland" is based, such as Eshaness.
  • Enjoy close-up views of gannets, guillemots, puffins, razorbills & kittiwakes at Sumburgh Head, Hermaness and Noss. After all, Shetland is a world class bird-watching destination.
  • Pick up a unique souvenir - Shetland has a skilled craft community producing fiddles & woodwork, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.
  • Go north to the far flung islands of Yell and Unst and experience their strong identity and history.

Shetland Things to See and Do:

Evidence from early settlers, through the Bronze and Iron Age, to the Pictish and Viking eras is incredibly well-preserved. Standing stones and ancient houses, burial chambers, and chapels are all easily accessible to visit on the islands. Archaeological highlights include Mousa; the only example of a complete ‘broch’ in the world, and the famous Norse settlement of Jarlshof - with records of human occupation going back over 5,000 years. The impressive Shetland Museum in Lerwick, officially opened in 2007, documents the island’s history and is well worth a visit.

Shetland’s natural, rugged beauty and magnificent coastlines are ideal for an activity holiday with walking, cycling, fishing and diving all well-catered for here. The islands’ unique and outstanding geology has recently earned them the right to become a "Geopark", and Shetland is committed to preserving and raising awareness of its rich heritage. The rocks tell a fascinating tale spanning almost 3 billion years of natural history.

As well as the "Mainland", visits to other islands are a must, including Unst - the most northerly populated island in the British Isles. The Muckle Flugga Lighthouse lies at the tip of the island, and the only thing that lies between here and the North Pole is the tiny rocky outcrop of Out Stack.

In a place full of prime bird watching locations, the island of Noss is one of the most spectacular, and is a dramatic sight. Remote Fair Isle, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland has an internationally renowned Bird Observatory (where renowned writer Ann Cleeves once worked). Fair Isle also has Special Protection Area status for its diversity and density of seabird populations. On Shetland you are guaranteed to see seals all year round. Otters are a little trickier to spot, but with some patience there is a good chance. Just watch out for them crossing the road. Occasionally Orcas, dolphins and harbour Porpoise make an appearance off shore.

Shopping in Lerwick will offer up a great range of local arts and crafts, including the famous hand knitted textiles, homemade soaps and beautiful hand crafted jewellery, such as the famous Shetland Jewellery.

Travel To and Around Shetland:

There are daily ferries from Aberdeen, and regular connections with Orkney. There are also good links by air with Edinburgh, Inverness & Glasgow. Fantastically well-maintained roads, frequent inter-island ferries and bridges make Shetland really easy to explore by car.