Shetland has so many beautiful beaches, it's impossible to list them all. This selection isn't definitive and doesn’t pretend to be objective. We all have our own reasons for liking particular places: maybe we recall a child’s first paddle at the water’s edge, a great barbecue on a romantic summer’s evening, a close encounter with a seal or a dramatic, salt-sprayed walk on a wild day. Some beaches impress because of the surrounding scenery or unique rock formations. Others simply provide good shelter for a picnic.
With all that in mind, we present a cross-section of Shetland beaches, each of which has something special to offer.