3. Hike and dine
One of my favourite things to do across Shetland is to pack up my portable kettle and cooker and go for a big walk. When I reach my destination I rustle up a spot of lunch or supper and, believe me, it tastes so good after a walk and when eaten outdoors. Shetland has so much amazing local produce, so head to a fishmonger or butcher and stock up on a few bits. The local shops on islands like Fetlar are also always well stocked. Nothing beats a fried sausage or sassermaet roll with a cup of tea, or some fresh scallops enjoyed by the sea.
4. Visit Fetlar Interpretive Centre
A good starting point if you’re new to Fetlar is the Fetlar Interpretive Centre. It’s full of useful information, including maps and brochures for things to see and do in Fetlar. There’s also free wifi and a café at the shop along the road. For those interested in flora, fauna and the history of the island, there’s also brilliant displays and exhibits.
5. Enjoy the ‘garden of Shetland’
Fetlar is known as the ‘garden of Shetland’ because it’s so green. It’s celebrated for its flora, fauna and wildlife. There’s an RSPB hide at the Mires of Funzie where, if you’re lucky, you might spot a red necked phalarope during the summer months. The RSPB rangers on the island keep an up-to-date board of the latest sightings at the interpretive centre, or, better still, book a tour with a local wildlife guide.
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