Shetland offers many kinds of coastal setting, for example spectacular cliffs, deserted sandy beaches and dunes. There are harbours at every scale, from intimate coves to two major ports. Inland, there are heather-covered hills, classically wild moorland, rolling countryside, meadowland and some areas of established woodland. Settlements range in type from rural cottages in spectacular settings to the historic town centres of Lerwick and Scalloway.
Logistics and support
Centuries of experience in meeting the needs of seaborne trade and four decades’ involvement in the offshore oil industry mean that Shetlanders are well used to meeting unusual, often highly specialised, requirements at short notice.
There are a range of tradespeople and some great resources in the community, too. For example, an impressive range of classic cars and motorbikes is carefully maintained by enthusiasts in the islands. Local fixers are expert in finding houses, vehicles, boats and extras to fit very specific requirements and both the public authorities and local people are keen to help out in every way they can.
Transport both to and from the islands and within Shetland is good. Frequent daily flights link Sumburgh in Shetland with the UK mainland and there's an overnight ferry, every evening, in both directions.
Shetland has sound and video recording and editing suites at the arts centre, Mareel. Locally-based aircraft and helicopters can be chartered. There are also good medical facilities, including accident and emergency services.