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What’s on Mainland Shetland

Mainland Shetland is the biggest of all the islands and has something for everyone, including walking, windsurfing, fishing, cycling, beach-combing, birdwatching, scuba-diving, sailing, whale-watching, surfing or kayaking. There are major archaeological sites to visit, a spectacular coastline to explore and, with a variety of events and festivals held throughout the year, a vibrant cultural life to enjoy. And because Shetland enjoys 19 hours of daylight in the middle of summer, you’ll be able to take full advantage of everything on offer.

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1st - 4th May 2014, Shetland:

The UK’s most northerly folk festival is all about presenting the best folk music from around the globe to the local community and visitors alike.

23rd May 2014, Shetland:

Talented English folk guitarist and singer-songwriter Martin Simpson pays his first ever visit to Shetland.

8th June 2014, Shetland:

Rab’s continuing reputation as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters and Barbara’s skills as an interpreter of new and traditional songs provide an enviable platform for this unique show.

11th June 2014, Shetland:

Yves Lambert, with his partners Olivier Rondeau and Tommy Gauthier, are a trio with a new sound that offers unusual brilliance and a distinctive personality.

28th June 2014, Shetland:

Award-winning Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid returns home to Shetland to perform a special concert in Mareel.

22nd - 28th June 2014, Shetland:

The Bergen Shetland Races 2014, incorporating a rally for cruising boats, will be conducted on the waters of Bergen, the North Sea and the approach to Lerwick Harbour and vice versa.

5th - 11th July 2014, Shetland:

The Shetland Nature Festival celebrates Shetland’s wonderful natural heritage, with events and activities throughout the isles to suit all ages and abilities.

15th July 2014, Shetland:

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song.

25th July 2014, Shetland:

Classy contemporary Dublin singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke is to perform a solo show at Mareel later this year.

3rd - 10th August 2014, Shetland:

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ week-long Fiddle School and celebration of traditional Shetland musical culture.

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