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Up Helly Aa

Up Helly AaEvery winter, between January and March, communities across Shetland organise and run a series of spectacular Up Helly Aa fire festivals. The largest and best known is Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, but there are a total of 12 festivals every winter.

Our Shetland Top 10

Our Shetland Top 10If you’re an intrepid traveller seeking an incredible adventure - book your ticket now! Here are a few of the reasons your trip will be an unforgettable experience…

In The Hospitality Business? There Are Opportunities In Shetland…

In The Hospitality Business? There Are Opportunities In Shetland…A number of hospitality businesses have become available in Shetland recently so, at the time of writing, there are several opportunities that you might want to consider. Visitor numbers: a healthy picture Shetland is proving to be an increasingly …

In Viking Footsteps

In Viking FootstepsAny visitor to Shetland quickly realises that there is no escaping the Viking influence, something that the Pictish peoples who once lived here discovered to their cost from roughly 800AD.

Museum and Archives Welcome Millionth Visitor

Museum and Archives Welcome Millionth VisitorOn Thursday 21 March, staff at the Shetland Museum and Archives greeted their millionth visitor, Dr David Malcolm, who was accompanied by his grandson, Oliver. Ruth Mackenzie, Chair of the Shetland Amenity Trust, which runs the museum and archives on…

Our March Diary

Our March DiaryIn most months, Shetland is blessed with lots of music, in many forms; and this month is no exception. But there’s drama and three excellent exhibitions to enjoy, not to mention comedy, film and the last three fire festivals of the season. We b…

Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly Aa

Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly Aa

Bressay Up Helly Aa

Bressay Up Helly Aa

Our February Diary

Our February DiaryThis year, February is – as always – replete with fire festivals, but there’s music, drama and a couple of excellent exhibitions. We can also look forward to the start of BBC1's Shetland detective series - the fifth. The largest of those fi…

Lasses Trust in Providence: Aud the Deep Minded

Lasses Trust in Providence: Aud the Deep MindedShetland fiddler and singer-songwriter, Claire White, profiles extraordinary northern women Aud the Deep-Minded. I first heard that name four years ago today, on the 1st of February 2015, and my mind boggled. I was in the departure lounge of Shetlan…

Lerwick Up Helly Aa

Lerwick Up Helly AaFor 24 hours, on the last Tuesday of January, Lerwick leads the way for annual community celebrations of Shetland’s viking heritage.

What's On at Lerwick Up Helly Aa

What's On at Lerwick Up Helly AaAt the risk of sounding like a high school arithmetic question, how long does it take fifty Up Helly Aa squads (with up to thirty in each squad) to visit eleven halls (in a carefully planned rotation) to perform a well rehearsed act, catch up with gu…

Delting Up Helly Aa

Delting Up Helly Aa

Walls Junior Up Helly Aa

Walls Junior Up Helly Aa

South Mainland Up Helly Aa

South Mainland Up Helly AaThe youngest of the Shetland fire festivals is the South Mainland Up Helly Aa, or SMUHA as it is locally known.

Norwick Up Helly Aa

Norwick Up Helly Aa

Cullivoe Up Helly Aa

Cullivoe Up Helly Aa

Northmavine Up Helly Aa

Northmavine Up Helly Aa

Uyeasound Up Helly Aa

Uyeasound Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa for kids!

Up Helly Aa for kids!This time of year can often be a dull time for kids, after all the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. But not in Shetland. From January to March, it is fire festival season. For some, that might not mean much – but for the island's Up Helly…

Our January 2019 Diary

Our January 2019 DiaryThe days lengthen quickly at this latitude, from 6 hours between sunrise and sunset at the beginning of January to almost 8 hours at the end. The coming of these longer days has historically been celebrated in northern regions; but nowhere with more…

Planning A Visit? There’s Lots To Look Forward To!

Planning A Visit? There’s Lots To Look Forward To!Maybe you’ve been to Shetland before; perhaps a trip in 2019 will be your first. Either way, the islands offer rich and memorable experiences at any time of year, with a whole range of outdoor and indoor activities on offer. Our islands, each…

Shetland's Winter Wildlife Highlights

Shetland's Winter Wildlife HighlightsWinter, the perfect time for a holiday. Imagine it: pods of orca hunting off shore, the iconic tail flukes of humpback whale slipping into the sea whilst a white-tailed eagle soars overhead and by night the aurora borealis illuminates a starry sky...…

Our December 2018 Diary

Our December 2018 DiaryIt’s December – already – and, with the winter solstice approaching, this is the darkest month of the year, when the sun rises only a little way above the horizon. The upside, of course, is that those extra hours of darkness create more opportu…

Shetland: Cooking On The Edge Of The World

Shetland: Cooking On The Edge Of The WorldIn his welcome to Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World, James Morton points out that co-authorship of food books may not be unusual but “fathers and sons working together on the same subject is…a little odd.” Perhaps, but in this case the…

Lerwick’s Fine Victorian Town Hall Is Reborn

Lerwick’s Fine Victorian Town Hall Is RebornAfter around two years of painstaking work, the fine Victorian Town Hall in Lerwick has emerged renewed, with its remarkable story brilliantly re-told for a 21st century audience. That story begins in the late 19th century, when local community l…

Food & Drink

Food & DrinkThe Shetland Islands are far to the north of Britain, as close to the North Pole as parts of Greenland or Alaska. Hardly a gourmet’s paradise, you might think. But in fact Shetland offers some fine and very distinctive food and drink.

Sugar & Spice Loaf Cake - The Island Oven

Sugar & Spice Loaf Cake - The Island Oven

Virtual Sailing Race to Shetland for Up Helly Aa

Virtual Sailing Race to Shetland for Up Helly AaSailonline.org offers online offshore sailracing as you have never experienced it. With super realistic boat performance, state of the art wind forecasts and realtime chat you will have the ultimate online sailracing experience.The Up Helly Aa race, …

Funky Vikings spice up Nesting fire fest

Funky Vikings spice up Nesting fire festTHE FOLK of Nesting and Girlsta joined forces with the west side on Friday for the biggest Up Helly Aa the community has ever seen, spicing it up with some Caribbean flavour along the way.Guizer Jarl Iain Malcolmson was Harold “Bluetooth” Gormson…