Every summer Shetland welcomes around a million seabirds which return to the islands to nest on the cliffs and beaches. Perhaps the most iconic summer visitor is the characterful puffin – their colourful beaks and curious nature make the birds a popular attraction from Fair Isle to Unst.
The islands are also home to many other incredible species. Otters live in the voes and inlets around the islands and can be seen year round. There are several wildlife guides who specialise in otter spotting, giving you the best chance of witnessing one of these incredible animals.
If you are lucky, you may also spot whales and other marine mammals in the waters around Shetland. Orcas regularly pass the islands during the summer months, feeding on the seals which are common around the shoreline. There are occasionally sightings of humpback whales, Risso's dolphins and pilot whales, with wildlife watchers often alerted to sightings via social media.
Plan your wildlife watching adventures with our guide to spotting sea life.