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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

27th August 2014, Shetland:

Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today’s Scottish cultural scene, the Battlefield Band have been at the forefront of a great revival in Scottish music.

4th September 2014, Shetland:

Shetland Arts presents Gruff Rhys live in concert, debuting his new album ‘American Interior,’ as part of Screenplay 2014.

29th August - 7th September 2014, Shetland:

Shetland’s annual Film Festival is curated by Linda Ruth Williams and Mark Kermode.

9th September 2014, Shetland:

Prolific Scottish folk musician Kris Drever, who moved to Shetland in late 2013, is to record and launch a new EP featuring some of the islands’ finest musicians and singers.

11th September 2014, Shetland:

Don’t miss your chance to see Ross Noble live in Mareel as he warms up for his 2014 Tangentleman tour.

12th - 14th September 2014, Shetland:

The 11th Shetland Blues Festival brings together another diverse group of acts to play throughout Shetland over the weekend of the 12 – 14 September.

26th September 2014, Shetland:

Celebrating 21 years since her debut album, Sharon Shannon takes a trip through her back catalogue and is joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist and singer Alan Connor.

May-September, Shetland Isles:

Part of the Unst Heritage Trust, the museum is dedicated to the maritime history of Shetland boats.

May-September, Island of Unst:

At the top end of Unst, the Unst Heritage Centre concentrates on all things unique to Unst and is a permanent link to the rich history of the island.

May - September 2011, Lerwick:

A restored 18th century fishing Böd on the outskirts of Lerwick, famous as the birthplace of Arthur Anderson, co-founder of the company P&O.

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