This is a lively community where visitors are always welcome. There's a thriving school and a new community hall where the famous Skerries dances are held - notably at the annual Lerwick to Skerries Yacht Race in August.
The two inhabited islands, Bruray and Housay, are joined by a bridge but the road is less than a mile (1.6km) long so much the best way to see Skerries and meet the islanders is to explore on foot.
From the top of Bruray and Housay there's a superb view over the rugged east coast of Shetland, all the way from Noss to Unst. Around the Skerries shoreline you'll find plenty of interest, from rocky coves where famous wrecks occurred (such as the 17th century Dutch East Indiaman De Liefde) to driftwood beaches and the abundant wildlife. In summertime Skerries has nesting flocks of Eiders, gulls, terns and other seabirds and waders. Seals are common and the sea around the islands is one of the best places in Shetland to see Harbour Porpoises and Minke Whales.
During the spring and autumn migrations Skerries can rival Fair Isle for sightings of rare birds, mainly because this is the first landfall after flocks leave Norway. Some of the local folk take a keen interest in ornithology and record their sightings, so there's often a second 'migration' of 'twitchers' from Mainland Shetland when something exciting blows in.
There's bed & breakfast accommodation on the island and 2 shops (located in Housay & Bruray) where groceries can be purchased.