What’s it actually like to live in Shetland? We asked a group of locals, both new and old, from a music producer to a physiotherapist, a pipeline welder and a locavore chef from Mumbai. Together, they paint a picture of a diverse society, with plentiful jobs, modern facilities and great public services—where kids can play safely, and the beautiful commutes sometimes involve orca and otter sightings. Above all, they talk up the strong sense of the community on the islands, and the fact that Shetland is a place that warmly welcomes newcomers.
The cultured crofters
Tim Matthew, Floortje Robertson and Tove
The locavore champion
The naturalist family
Brydon and Vaila Thomason, Casey, Corey and Nula
The star welder
The modern Shetland knitter
Joanna Hunter-Coe and Family
The mussel man
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