Caravan and Camping

Your holiday, your choice... Shetland offers a range of official camp and caravan sites, located throughout the islands.

Shetland's caravan and camping sites offer all that's needed for a great holiday, with the freedom and flexibility to explore the islands. Wherever you stay, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

South Mainland
Levenwick Campsite, tel. 01950 422320. A well maintained site, overlooking scenic Levenwick Bay. Situated 16 miles south of Lerwick and 7 miles north of Sumburgh. 4 touring pitches and 12 tent pitches available. Open May to Sept.

Cunningsburgh Touring Park, tel. 07747 705278. Sits snugly alongside a small, quiet marina on the sheltered east shore of Aithsvoe, Cunningsburgh. Available to caravanners and visitors alike. Particularly appealing to groups, walkers and bird watchers who may want to use it as a base for exploring the coastline around the area.

Central Mainland
Westings Camp Site, tel. 01595 840242. There is a small campsite equipped with shower, toilets and external power supply. Open all year.

Bridge End Outdoor Centre Caravan and Campsite tel. 078806 33949. In a beautiful seashore setting alongside the Bridgend Outdoor Centre, the separately-operated caravan and camping park works on a first come, first served basis and uses an honesty system. There are four hook up points for caravans. Dedicated WC and shower facilities are provided for campers.

Delting, Lunnasting & Nesting
South Nesting Caravan Park, tel 01595 890214. The caravan park has eight hook up points and is equipped with shower, toilet and baby changing facilities.

West Mainland
Skeld Caravan Site, tel. 01595 860287. Situated on the waterfront. Great for bird watching. Nature hide for seal and otter spotting. A spectacular coastline for walking and canoeing. Archaeological sites and lochs for fishing close by. 12 touring pitches and 12 tent pitches available. Open all year.

To hire a caravan in Shetland, contact:

For more information about caravanning in Shetland, visit the Shetland Caravan Club website or like them on Facebook

Please note: There are many secondary roads which lead to beautifully secluded situations for the owners of caravanettes, but we recommend that the owners of touring caravans check their routes carefully to ensure that the secondary roads are sufficiently wide for passing other vehicles and that they can turn at the end

A beautiful, peaceful and fascinating part of the world.

Papa Stour
There is a small camp site at the pier next to the waiting room.

North Mainland
Braewick Café and Campsite, tel. 01806 503 345. Spectacular view out over St. Magnus Bay. Craftshop and café on site. Ideal for fishing, birdwatching and hillwalking. Museum nearby. 10 touring pitches, 30 tent pitches and several wigwams available. Open all year.

Delting Boating Club, tel. 01806 522 418. Situated alongside the clubhouse and marina with waterbased activities aplenty. Also spectacular coastal walks around Muckle Roe and Mavis Grind. Supermarket, restaurants and leisure centre nearby. 13 touring pitches available. Open all year.

Whalsay
Oot Ower Lounge, tel. 01806 566 658. Power points for visitors with caravans or campers are available, as well as camping, toilet and shower facilities. Open all year.

Yell
Burravoe Pier Trust Campsite, tel. 01957 722 315. Availability is on a first come first served basis and payment is made through an honesty system. There are envelopes in the building for making payment and you post them in the letter box in the door. There are 4 fully serviced sites and power points for an extra 4 if needed, plus more room in the car park opposite. Several tents can also be accommodated. The amenities building is exceptional with several showers, WCs and laundry facilities and the roof itself is made from the hull of a lifeboat from the SS Canberra. Open all year.

Unst
Gardiesfauld Hostel, tel. 01957 755 279. Caravan bays with hook-ups can be booked. Open Apr to Sep but bookings outwith this time can be made by arrangement.

Apart from the official sites available, experienced campers can usually find an ideal spot, courtesy of the local farmers and crofters. Please also be aware of the Outdoor Access Code before you set up camp.

The Shetland attitude to campers is generally very hospitable and "wild" camping is not discouraged. Considerate campers are welcomed but you must always ask permission of the landowner before setting up camp.

Contact the nearest house, establish who the landowner is, and ask them whether or not you may camp there. Don't hesitate to ask their advice - they'll probably tell you whether the site is suitable, or will recommend an even better location for you.

Please avoid public water collection areas and reservoirs. If in doubt - ask. Toilet and waste disposal is the responsibility of the camper, and these tasks should be carried out in a discreet and responsible manner.

Information for Campers and Caravanners

Camping Böds

What is a Camping Böd? In Shetland, a böd was a building which accommodated fishermen and their gear during the fishing season. Today we've borrowed the word to describe basic accommodation for those who want a simple holiday. Böds are very basic and to stay in them you'll need exactly what you'd bring on a camping holiday - except the tent!

For more information or to book contact Shetland Amenity Trust on 01595 694688.

Each böd is different, but all are in interesting and attractive locations and all have their own history.
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