Europe's best sunrise? Come to Shetland!

by Alastair Hamilton -

Shetland has attracted far more than its share of accolades over the years but it's the first time that the islands have been recognised for their sunrises.

According to Lonely Planet, Shetland offers the best sunrises in Europe. It's true that the sunrise over the North Sea can be spectacular, and those who live on, or commute along, the east coast often enjoy great views.

Lonely Planet wisely suggests that sunrise watchers would be best to visit in spring or autumn, since the sun rises in summer between about 3.15 and 3.45am. In fact, winter sunrises - which, during the weeks around the solstice, don't occur until after 9am - are just as beguiling.