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February 2011 Visit Shetland Newsletter



I'm Abby - the author of Shetland My Love and I'll be bringing you monthly Shetland happenings, information and holiday suggestions. I enjoy Shetland throughout the year, however I especially love Shetland in the Spring time. As the flowering of snowdrops brings a welcome sign of new life to the winter landscape, there's no better place to brush away the cobwebs, breathe in the freshest of air and enjoy the natural beauty and activities our islands have to offer.

If you are considering a visit to Shetland, please do not hesitate to contact us for holiday planning advice using either the contact form on the website or by phoning +44 (0)1595 98 98 98.

Please also feel free to get in touch with questions and comments via Twitter or Facebook – we would love to hear from you.

A Walker's Paradise

Shetland is a walker's paradise. So, why not put a glow back in your cheeks, a spring in your step, and spend the day exploring our breathtaking landscape. If you're looking for a dedicated walking holiday, why not join Shetland Wildlife on a fantastic 8-day trip. You are sure to be thrilled and mesmerised as you stroll across our heathery hills, amble along deserted golden beaches and watch the sun dip on shimmering sea lochs. As birds wheel across vast open skies; take cushioned steps over vivid mosses: ethereal pinks, emerald greens, Merlot reds. Watch Common Seals lounge in sheltered voes, spy Otters at play and keep an eye out for those Orcas! Explore archaeological remains and unearth Shetland's rich and ancient history. There are a variety of walks, each offering a unique and memorable adventure - ranging from a challenging long distance walk to a leisurely circular ramble. For further information visit the dedicated Walk Shetland site or request a free copy of the brand new Shetland Walking Guide.

Explore the Craft Trail and Meet the Maker!

Shetland is renowned for its thriving arts and crafts heritage, and the islands are home to many creatives; both contemporary and traditional. This year Shetland Arts and Crafts Association is launching Shetland's first ever Craft Trail. Easy to find studios and workshops, displaying the exquisite work of Shetland artisans, will be open to the public. It's a chance to 'meet the maker' – knitwear producers, felt and textile designers, artists, silversmiths... Experience an intriguing snapshot of their working day in their creative hideaways. Be inspired, educated, and indulge in some retail therapy too! Return home with a unique keepsake. A truly authentic Shetland experience - offering not only a warm welcome but unsurpassed craftsmanship. Craft Trail leaflets will be available soon. Alternatively, keep a look out for the distinctive signs you'll find across Shetland.

Shetland: The Ultimate Staycation

February is the ideal time to do some armchair travelling and plan your next holiday. Shetland was listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2011. Described as 'the last untamed corner of the UK'- little wonder that many people return year after year for the ultimate staycation. Therefore why not come and meet the Promote Shetland team, in London, at 'Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show' (3rd - 6th February) and learn more about our beautiful islands? Misa and Deborah will be exhibiting at Stand UK15, and they would be delighted to see you. Let the team share their knowledge, expertise and passion, and help you plan the trip of a lifetime. If you'd like to claim complimentary tickets, click here for further information.

Simon King as Special Guest!

Wildlife filmmaker, Simon King is to be a special guest on the spectacular North Isles Nature Cruise to Muckle Flugga!

Hosted by Brydon Thomason, from Shetland Nature, and his intrepid team of experts - they will take you on an unforgettable wildlife adventure to the northernmost point of the British Isles. As you voyage up the wild and rugged coastline of Yell, and onwards to the spectacular seabird colonies of Hermaness - marvel at the 100,000 seabirds, including Puffins and Gannets, through the panoramic windows of the super modern chartered ferry, or outside on the upper deck. Delight in seeing Muckle Flugga and its world famous lighthouse. Spot Harbour Porpoises, White Sided Dolphins and Minke Whales – close encounters and photo opportunities abound! Tickets are available to purchase now for July's cruise. Get booking!

Matchless Entertainment

2011 marks the start of a year long programme celebrating the best of island culture. April brings us the world renowned Folk Festival. and from July 21st to 24th Lerwick, a vibrant and bustling town, will host The Tall Ships Races. An international fleet of up to 70 magnificent Tall Ships, from around the world, will be arriving to take part in the race festivities. A superb cultural and music programme will run for four days. Join us and sample the best of Shetland's special maritime heritage and outstanding hospitality. An abundance of matchless entertainment is guaranteed throughout the year, click here to see the full events listing.

See you soon!



We would welcome any comments you have about this newsletter, or about the site.

Also, if you have any enquiries at all about Shetland we would be more than happy to assist you. Please contact us using any of the methods listed on our contact page.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this newsletter and please feel free to forward it to anyone else who may be interested in Shetland.

The team at Promote Shetland

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