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  • Experience Shetland

    Our virtual guide to our northerly island home until we can welcome you here to enjoy the real thing.

  • Experience Shetland

    Watch spectacular videos of Shetland’s coasts and landscapes.

  • Experience Shetland

    From fire festivals to folk festivals, experience the best of Shetland's events online.

  • Experience Shetland

    Learn about Shetland's natural history and birdwatch from your armchair.

  • Experience Shetland

    Learn about the islands’ fascinating historical and cultural heritage.

  • Experience Shetland

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

Watch & Discover More

Videos showcasing Shetland’s people and places.

5 favourite Shetland places

Shetland tour guide Jon Pulley shares some of his island highlights.

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Your Shetland adventure awaits...

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

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Ann Cleeves' Shetland

The author of the 'Shetland' books discusses her relationship with the islands.

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Learn Shetland Skills

Traditional talents to master while indoors.

Learn Shetland dialect words from poet Christine De Luca

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Learn how to make Shetland oatcakes

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Knit a traditional Shetland 'kep' from Shetland Wool Week

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Win a Scottish Island print from Gilly B

Latest Blog Posts

Experience the best of Shetland from your armchair.

Lerwick: An island capital's past and present

by Alastair Hamilton

Lerwick, Shetland's capital, is a relatively recent settlement. What's it's history?

New community wildlife project

Shetlanders are being encouraged to get up close to nature with the launch of a new initiative.

The weather: It's all about location

by Alastair Hamilton

Shetland's weather is partly about latitude and the sea but location within the islands matters too.

A new green deal for Shetland energy

Ambitious new plans for a renewable energy hub in Shetland could eventually mean £5bn revenue.

North Yell: A small community with big ideas

The northeastern corner of Yell has become a dynamic centre of fishing, aquaculture and renewables.

Coronavirus: Information for all visitors

An update on Coronavirus in Shetland and guidance for visitors.

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Top Picks

Bird Watching

Shetland is famous as the place to enjoy sensational seabird colonies and amazing rarities.



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.


The Shetlanders

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


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.

  • 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.

  • 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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