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Shetland is a cluster of over one hundred islands, each with its own heritage and history. Whichever areas you visit, there's a wealth of archaeological and historical sites to uncover and an amazing variety of wildlife to identify.


LerwickLerwick, Shetland's Capital, is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities only usually found in much larger places on the British mainland.

Central Mainland

Central MainlandA landscape of intricate contrasts: where layers of limestone make slashes of green between brown hills; where long, narrow sea lochs run miles into the land; it's great walking and fishing country, with amazing scenery, wild flowers and birdlif…


NorthmavineAlmost but not quite a separate island, Northmavine is joined to the rest of the Shetland Mainland at Mavis Grind ('The Gate on the Narrow Isthmus') where the Atlantic Ocean has nearly cut through to the North Sea.

Delting, Lunnasting & Nesting

Delting, Lunnasting & NestingThe parishes in the north of the Shetland Mainland have a great variety of scenery and wildlife, from high moorland with Mountain Hares and Golden Plovers to the rocky shores of Lunna Ness with their seals and otters. The birdwatching is superb, with…

South Mainland

South MainlandThe peninsula, which runs 25 miles south from Lerwick, has some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including Europe's best-preserved broch and two remarkable Iron Age villages. …


WestsideThe West Mainland offers lovely beaches, hill and coastal walks, excellent bird-watching, seal-watching and otter-spotting, good sea and freshwater angling and some fascinating historical and archaeological sites.


UnstUnst is the ultimate Shetland destination - the absolute end of every Great North Road in Britain, it has the northernmost of everything. It is also one of the most spectacular, varied and interesting islands in Europe.


YellYell, the largest of Shetland's North Isles (83 square miles/212kmĀ²), is one of the best places in Europe to see skuas, red-throated divers and otters.


FetlarAlthough there are now fewer than 100 inhabitants in Fetlar, the social life of the island is varied and visitors are always welcome at local gatherings.


WhalsayWhalsay inspired some of Hugh MacDiarmid's finest poetry, and is the centre of Shetland's fishing industry. Important archaeological sites and a wealth of birds, seals and wild flowers make it an attractive destination for a day trip or a l…


SkerriesThe dramatic scenery, historical interest, outstanding wildlife and, not least, the warm welcome of the Skerries folk make a visit to this mini-archipelago unforgettable.

Bressay & Noss

Bressay & NossBressay shelters Lerwick from the east and can be reached by car ferry from the town in under ten minutes. Noss lies off the east coast of Bressay. Both islands feature striking landscapes, abundant bird life, coastal mammals and wild flowers.

Fair Isle

Fair IsleFamous for its birds, knitwear and historic shipwrecks, Fair Isle is a tiny jewel of an island, half-way between Orkney and Shetland, owned by the National Trust for Scotland.


FoulaWith a population of around 30, Foula is one of Britain's most remote inhabited islands and leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits.

Papa Stour

Papa StourThis low-lying, fertile island off the west coast of the Shetland Mainland is home to about 20 people, most of them involved in traditional crofting.
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