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What’s on Shetland

Shetland is as far north as you can go in Scotland – but definitely worth the trip. With over 100 or so islands, just 15 of them inhabited, Shetland is a gloriously remote setting for wildlife enthusiasts, those looking for artistic or spiritual inspiration, and anyone seeking the ultimate, get-away-from-it-all destination. Shetland is famous for its sturdy little ponies, hand-knitted woollen sweaters, colonies of seabirds and seals, and amazing sea fishing. It has three National Nature Reserves, four RSPB reserves and 78 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Shetland has a surprisingly mild climate for somewhere that is closer to Norway than to mainland Scotland. For great days out and a friendly welcome, Shetland is the place for you.


regional highlights

Year-round, Lerwick:
The Shetland Museum and Archives is the starting point for anyone who wants to know more about Shetland’s Heritage and Culture.

Year-round, Shetland

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages.

Year-round, Shetland Isles:

The fascinating museum created in the Symbister Pierhouse exhibits details of fishing from centuries past when German merchants from the Hanseatic League traded for cured fish.

Year-round, Unst, Shetland Isles:

Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain’s most northerly point, Hermaness provides a wonderful haven for over 100,000 seabirds.

Year-round, Noss, Shetland Isles:

Take a boat trip to this island where thousands of seabirds and wonderful scenery guarantee a memorable experience.

Year-round, Unst, Shetland Isles:

It may look like a moonscape, but the bare stony scree of this reserve supports a unique collection of plants.

Year-round, Shetland Isles

The whole island of Fetlar is a haven for flora and fauna, and a great place to explore.

Mid-April to mid-September, Shetland:

Mousa lies a mile off the east coast of Mainland Shetland about 15 miles south of Lerwick.

Year-round, Shetland:

Visit these cliffs during the summer and you’ll see the amazing spectacle of thousands of breeding seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, shags and fulmars.

Year-round, Shetland:

A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.

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