The Shetlanders

The natives and newcomers who call Shetland home

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 happy nurse

Vicky Schofield and family


Read Vicky's story

The emergency 'sisters'

Kaylee & Emma Stevenson


Read Kaylee & Emma's story

The multi-tasking maestro

Liam Brannan


Read Liam's story

The rocking oilman

The boat builder

Ryan Stevenson


Read Ryan's story

The rural headteacher

Hannah Irvine


Read Hannah's story

The award-winning farmer

Kirsty Budge and Family


Read Kirsty's story

The seaside crofters

Emma Perring, Ewen Thomson and Martha Thomson


Read Emma, Ewen & Martha's story

The fisherman's agent

James Aitken


Read James' story

The running jeweller

Sophie Whitehead


Read Sophie's story

The cultured crofters

Tim Matthew, Floortje Robertson and Tove


Read Tim and Floortje's story

The locavore champion

Akshay Borges


Read Akshay's story

The naturalist family

Brydon and Vaila Thomason, Casey, Corey and Nula


Read the Thomasons' story

The star welder

The modern Shetland knitter

Joanna Hunter-Coe and Family


Read Joanna's story

The mussel man

Christopher Thomason


Read Christopher's story

When we had a family and it came to choosing between whether we wanted to live in London or Shetland, it was really a no-brainer.
Joanna Hunter-Coe 

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