• Shetland

    Where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Islands where life is in perfect balance.

  • Shetland

    Explore rugged coastlines, idyllic islands and miles of sandy beaches.

  • Shetland

    Meet a warm, friendly community, who will welcome you as one of their own.

  • Shetland

    See an abundance of wildlife, from otters and orcas to puffins and ponies.

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    Visit ancient archaeological sites and jaw-dropping geological wonders.

  • Shetland

    Live in a beautiful natural setting with a dynamic modern economy, abundant with opportunities.

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A Year in Shetland

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Cruise

Make the most of your cruise visit to Shetland

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Walking

The combination of spectacular coastal scenery, inland lochs and heathery hills is unsurpassed.

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Food & Drink

In crystal-clear coastal waters, Shetland's fishermen catch the finest fish you'll ever taste.

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History

Not only does Shetland boast spectacular monuments such as the well preserved Mousa Broch and the internationally renowned sites of Jarlshof and Old Scatness, but the unspoilt landscape has ensured that Shetland’s past can be read in every hillside.

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Explore Nature

Shetland has a fascinating and unique natural environment. The location of the islands has contributed to the evolution of a truly 'Shetlandic' collection of scenery and geology, bird life, sea mammals, wild flowers and wonderful beaches.

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The Shetlanders

What’s it actually like to live in Shetland? Shetlanders, new and old, share their love of the isles

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Living and Working in Shetland

  • What's living in Shetland like?

    What's living in Shetland like?

    With our friendly, vibrant community, thriving economy, and thrilling natural environment, Shetland really is an exciting place to call home. We offer a safe and welcoming haven for people from all walks of life.

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  • Housing

    Housing

    Shetland offers many kinds of housing, from coastal locations with stunning views to a cosy pied-a-terre in the heart of Lerwick’s Lanes Conservation Area. There are many options in between.

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  • Education and Schools

    Education and Schools

    Education provision, most of which is the responsibility of the Shetland Islands Council’s Education Service, spans a range from pre-school to degree-level study, with extensive adult-learning opportunities.

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  • Jobs in Health Care

    Jobs in Health Care

    Work with us. Be an island medic. Working as a doctor or dentist in Shetland, you and your family can live life to the full in one of the most spectacular natural environments in Europe. And be part of a welcoming, vibrant community.

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  • Current Vacancies

    Current Vacancies

    If you’re interested in moving to Shetland, there are several ways in which you can find out about the jobs on offer. Many job vacancies in Shetland are listed online.

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  • Do Business

    Do Business

    Why Shetland? Why not? If you happen to be a lawyer who loves bird-watching, a web developer who’s into yachting, a chef who wants to escape to stunning coastal walks or an engineer who moonlights as a fiddler, Shetland could be the place for you.

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  • Local Services

    Local Services

    On this page, we’ve tried to gather together as much useful information as possible about opportunities in sport and leisure, shopping, eating out and entertainment. There’s even guidance on removal services, in case you’re already hooked.

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  • Moving from outside UK

    Moving from outside UK

    On this page, we've gathered together some advice about the laws and customs that will affect you if you're moving from outside the UK.

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  • Sports and Leisure

    Sports and Leisure

    When it comes to sports and recreation, there's no better place than Shetland.

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Latest Blog Posts

ALICE brings theatre skills to youngsters

by Alex Garrick-Wright

A new project encouraging young people to get involved in the theatre.

The Grayson Perry Exhibition: More than one kind of genius

by Alastair Hamilton

A new exhibition brilliantly links Grayson Perry's ceramics to the expereinces of local people.

Lerwick street nominated for national award

Lerwick's Commercial Street has been nominated as one of the most beautiful streets in Scotland.

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