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.
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!
There's lots on in Shetland during January including Scalloway Fire Festival, brilliant music and exhibitions and at the end of the month - Up Helly Aa! Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!
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!
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!
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!
Hidden just north of the village of Tingwall, some 6 miles from Lerwick is the outstanding lochside golf course of Asta. Read on to find out more about Scotland’s most northerly nine hole course, located in one of Shetland's loveliest places!
Shona Lawrance, NorthLink’s newest summer recruit, has never been to Shetland before! NorthLink Ferries sent Shona and her car and camera on a ferry journey - her first from Aberdeen to Shetland. Read on to find out about her experiences as a first-time traveller on the ferry to the most northerly islands in Britain!
One of Shetland's loveliest exports is the Burra Bear which are beautiful hand-crafted teddy bears, typically seen wearing Fair Isle designs! These have been created by Wendy Inkster since 1997 from her workshop in East Burra. NorthLink Ferries were pleased to catch up with her to find out more!
Shetland Museum and Archives opened its doors in the spring of 2007 and is a treasure trove of artefacts relating to Shetland life and culture. The museum is located on Hay’s Dock, one of the last remaining areas of original dock on Lerwick’s waterfront. Ian Tait, Curator of Collections at the Shetland Museum and Archives, talked to us about museum and what visitors can experience.
For many people, mention the word Shetland and they think of ponies! These lovely animals can be found throughout the islands, and the purity and quality of the breed is maintained by the pony breeders of Shetland. Irvine Burgess runs a Shetland Pony Stud and is also the Chairman of both the Shetland Pony Evaluation Scheme and the Pony Breeders of Shetland Association and kindly agreed to answer our questions about Shetland Ponies!