COVID-19 update: Shetland is now reopen to visitors, as per Scottish government guidelines, but please read our guidance on travelling responsibly.


The indented coastline makes Shetland ideal for summer sailing. There are dozens of sheltered, natural harbours, many with good piers, slipways and marinas.

Shetland is well equipped for visiting yachts, with many marinas located all around the islands. Contact the Shetland Cruising Panel with any questions or queries about sailing to and around Shetland, E:

Much of the coast is "steep-to", with deep water close to shore and most dangers clearly visible. The hazards are usually well-charted and visiting yachts have the reassurance that local search and rescue services are first-class.

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