Shetland is something of an undiscovered treasure as a cruising destination. Shetland’s archipelago, with its 100 small islands and 1,697 miles of coastline, offers a beautiful combination of dramatic cliffs and natural harbours – many with good piers, slipways and marinas – so you can drop anchor anywhere and explore. Yachts have unrestricted access to all the islands and berthing fees are minimal.
The Shetland Marinas section of our website has extensive information about anchorages, equipment, conditions and more. For up to date information for international travellers following the coronavirus pandemic, please see the Shetland Islands Council's Yachting website.
Sailing to and around Shetland is a unique experience and one which offers plenty of adventure and exploration. We have many local regattas throughout the summer as well as the annual Bergen to Shetland Races. In 2011, Shetland also played host to the Tall Ships Races.