Shetland: Yours to enjoy responsibly

We're excited to welcome you back to Shetland this summer but we have a small favour to ask. When you visit our islands please be mindful of our landscape, coastline, wildlife and community.

We're asking all visitors to Shetland to travel responsibly. What do we mean by that? Well, it means being respectful of your natural surroundings – don't disturb farm animals or wildlife; dispose of all litter or take it home with you; clean up after your dog; avoid open fires; and leaving nothing but your footprints behind.

In light of the recent pandemic, it also means being respectful of other visitors and the people of Shetland. Be mindful that a lot of people are still wary about being in close proximity to others, so respect social distancing and be sure to follow any signage and Covid guidance in place at businesses and tourist attractions.

While the thought of having an impromptu and unplanned holiday after lockdown might be tempting, we urge you to plan ahead as much as possible. Remember that lots of places (tourist attractions, campsites, restaurants etc) will have limits on the number of visitors and guests they will permit on any given day, so be sure to book ahead where possible to avoid disappointment.

Of course, there's so much to see and do when you get to Shetland and you're welcome to explore as much of the islands as you wish to. Just remember if you are out and about to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Being a responsible tourist isn't difficult, it's actually pretty easy, and will ensure you get the most out of your time here and have a truly memorable experience.

We look forward to welcoming you.

For more details on visiting Shetland in 2021 and the latest travel advice, please read our Covid-19: Latest visitor information.