Our Favourite Places

Shetland has many places that we’d love to share with you. Here are some of them.

Da Gairdins I Sand

Da Gairdins I Sand

West Mainland

Tel: +44 (0)1595 830254

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Since 1991 thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted to attract wildlife, creating a combination of garden and environmental areas with sheltered walks. Picnic tables and seating are provided. Please observe the country code. Free entry - donations are welcome. Charity No SC037500

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Eshaness Lighthouse / Cliffs

Eshaness Lighthouse / Cliffs

A must-see when in Shetland, the cliff scenery at Eshaness is truly spectacular with great walks along the coast.  Eshaness is also Shetland's volcanic coast with fantastic geology.

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Fair Isle Bird Observatory

Fair Isle Bird Observatory

Tel: +44 (0)1595 760258

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Established in 1948 as research base for studying migration and the seabird colonies of Fair Isle. Visitor Centre and small gift shop, tea and coffee and toilet facilities available, also pre-ordered meals. Open from mid April to the end October each year.

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Hermaness Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

Hermaness Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

Flat 2 Muckleflugga Shorestation, Haroldswick, Unst

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711278 (mid-April - mid-Sept) or +44(0)1595 693345

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During summer, Hermaness is home to over 100,000 seabirds.  Spectacular coastal scenery includes views over Muckle Flugga and Out Stack - Scotland's most northerly point. The reserve is open all year.  The visitor centre is open daily April - August at Flat 2 Muckleflugga Shorestation (please note the rest of the building is private)

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Michaelswood

Michaelswood

Michaelswood is a 12 acre woodland in Aith with many picnic facilities and woodland walks. For children there is Captain Blackbeards Pirate ship and other child friendly sites to explore. Enjoy the Philosophers' Trail or the lovely views from the top of the woodland overlooking Aith and Aith's Voe.

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Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch

Tel: +44 (0)7901 872339

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Island of Mousa. Mousa is the finest and the best preserved broch in the world and can be accessed by a short ferry run from Sandwick. Ferry operates April - Sept.

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Noss National Nature Reserve

Noss National Nature Reserve

Tel: +44 (0)1595 693345

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Walk around this spectacular island and witness the amazing cliffs of 'Da Noup', home to thousands of seabirds. Access by inflatable boat from Bressay. No dogs allowed. Open 25th April - 31st August 2017, 1000-1700 (closed Monday and Thursday).

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Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head, Virkie ZE3 9JN

Tel: Tel: +44 (0)1595 694688

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Shetland's most accessible seabird colony. Puffins and seabirds easily seen. Phone for information about Sumburgh Head and our other Shetland reserves, Fetlar, Mousa and Loch of Spiggie. Open all year.

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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve

Sumburgh Head, Virkie ZE3 9JN

Tel: +44 (0)1595 694688

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A world class visitor attraction, providing an engaging and interactive experience for the whole family. Visit, and explore the history and natural heritage of Sumburgh Head from early geological beginnings and Iron Age settlers to Lighthouse Keepers, Whales, Puffins and much more. Coffee shop and visitor centre open daily from April to September.

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