COVID-19 update: Shetland is open to visitors, in line with Scottish Government guidance. Please read our information on travelling responsibly.
  • Rediscover Shetland

    We look forward to welcoming you back to Shetland.

  • Rediscover Shetland

    Learn about the islands’ fascinating historical and cultural heritage.

  • Rediscover Shetland

    Be inspired by spectacular coasts and landscapes.

  • Rediscover Shetland

    Learn about Shetland's natural history and first-class wildlife watching experiences.

  • Rediscover Shetland

    Find out what life in Shetland is really like from the people who live here.

Watch & Discover More

Videos showcasing Shetland’s people and places.

Your Shetland adventure awaits...

Highlights of places to see and things to do when we reopen for visitors.

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Positive change in Shetland

How islanders are reducing waste and working towards a more sustainable future.

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Simon King's Shetland

British naturalist Simon King on what he loves about the islands.

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Ways to rediscover Shetland

Ideas for islanders to explore the beauty on their doorstep.

Walks in Shetland

Stretch your legs and soak up the scenery.

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Cycle routes in Shetland

The best places to explore on two wheels.

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5 favourite Shetland places

Tour guide Jon Pulley shares his favourite spots.

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Latest Blog Posts

Experience the best of Shetland from your armchair.

Taste of Shetland Festival 2020 preview

by Laurie Goodlad

This year, with mass gatherings cancelled, Taste of Shetland is going online.

Video highlights aquaculture opportunities

A student from Shetland has created a video highlighting the opportunities available in aquaculture.

COVID-19: Latest visitor information

Advice for people hoping to travel to Shetland from July 2020 onwards.

Guidance for walkers in Shetland

by Laurie Goodlad

Useful guidance to follow when you're out and about roaming the Shetland countryside.

Brynn breaks down barriers

A young man is pushing himself by wheelchair around Shetland's coastline for a very good cause.

Jarlshof: More than 5,000 years of occupation

by Alastair Hamilton

Jarlshof is a fascinating and internationally important archaeological site.

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Top Picks


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


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.


10 reasons to visit Shetland

If you’re an intrepid traveller seeking an incredible adventure - book your ticket now! Here are a few of the reasons your trip will be an unforgettable experience…


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sports and Leisure

    Sports and Leisure

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

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