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10 reasons to visit Shetland - Having a good time

by Misa Hay -

The perfect place for culture vultures

Shetlanders know how to have a good time! Come January the wildest fiery festival in Europe lights up the dark winter nights – axe wielding Vikings, flaming torches and a 24-hour party to remember - welcome to Up Helly Aa! For musos: Folk, Jazz, Fiddle and Blues events are popular gigs on the festival circuit. For the glitterati and the literati: Screenplay and Wordplay are buzzy boutique events - attracting local and international luminaries. For a year round programme of performance happenings – Mareel - Shetland's new arts hub is the go-to place. For traditional music nights – shimmy over to Asta Golf Clubhouse, The Lounge and Islesburgh. Want to festival brag? Travel to Unst - the most northerly inhabited island in the UK for UnstFest and stay at the exquisite Belmont House. Insider tip: caffeine – lots of it!

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