If Orkney is full of historical mysteries, then surely Shetland is the place for the drama. “Nature” wrote one visitor, “appears in her wildest dress” in these, Britain’s most northerly islands, and it is indeed the wildness and grandeur of the Shetland landscapes and seascapes which inevitably become the visitors most enduring memory.
There are more than 100 islands here, each forged by the roaring surging waves of the North Atlantic. Everywhere one goes, there are dramatic cliffs, perfect deserted contemplative beaches, huge vistas across awe-inspiring voes and inlets, and above, the evocative cry of seabirds. Sunrises and sunsets in Shetland are spectacular.
Shetland has a fascinating history and a unique heritage well worth exploring for yourself. The stone-built buildings of the past have stood the test of time, and Islanders have fiercely clung on to their Viking heritage. In 2017, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we've compiled a list of 12 essential historical places to visit in Shetland!
There's lots on in Shetland during April 2017 including Easter holiday activities at the Shetland Museum, the Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year Competition and the 37th Shetland Folk Festival! Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!
Shetland's yearly events start with the fire festivals which mark the end of the long winter nights. Shetland Folk Festival and Fiddle Frenzy are a celebration of Shetland's outstanding musical heritage. Screenplay, Shetland's film festival, brings film stars to the islands, Shetland Wool Week showcases Shetland's sheep and textile industry and the Simmer Dim Motorcycle Rally is a celebration of the long summer nights. It's easy to see why this fantastic range of festivals draw people back to Shetland again and again!
The first time I visited Culswick Broch was the day after Up Helly Aa. Despite having only three hours sleep the previous night, I made my way to the westside of Shetland, and walked to the broch, which stands on a hillside, with a loch (and causeway) on one side, and the Atlantic on the other.
If you're visiting Shetland then why not take a look at our comprehensive guide to the islands to help you plan your trip? You'll find useful info, fascinating facts and some helpful tips!
There is a wealth of fabulous books written about the fascinating heritage and history, the landscape and wildlife, and friendly, unique folk of Shetland. We've compiled a list of 12 books that will make fine holiday-reading and help you gain more insight during a holiday to Shetland.
We love dramatic places and decided to visit the Ness of Burgi on a cold but bright January day. The Ness of Burgi is an Iron Age blockhouse located on a precarious thin stretch of headland at the very south end of Shetland - there's even a chain handrail to get you safely across to this spectacular and fascinating historical site!
Clickimin Broch is a must stop on any visit to Lerwick - a true treasure to be found and explored. The young at heart will find plenty of places to hide, jump, run and climb around Clickimin Broch. We found out some amazing facts about this hidden treasure in the heart of Lerwick!
Previously we have written about some of the great places to visit in Shetland that don’t make the front cover of the tourist brochure! Read on for ten more suggestions for brilliant places to visit, that are a bit more unusual and less well known than St Ninian's Isle, Scalloway Castle and Jarlshof!
Did you know that Shetland has the highest density of otters in Europe, possibly the world? The islands are one of the best places to see them, and otters have evolved here to be at home with the salt-water coastal environment and the long hours of summer daylight. That said, otters are very shy animals! We asked Brydon Thomason, who runs Shetland Nature, for some advice on how to spot them!
At NorthLink Ferries, we look forward to midsummer and the sound of motorcycles arriving to travel with us from Aberdeen to Shetland for the Simmer Dim Motorcycle Rally. However, after they leave the ferry, what all these bikers get up to is a mystery to us. Leona Williamson was able to let us know why the Simmer Dim Rally is one of the friendliest Motorcycle Rallies around!