• 16:45 Pentland Firth Route – Sunday 21st On Schedule with weather related delays possible/ Monday 22nd AM Cancelled PM Under Review click for more info
  • 06:55 Aberdeen Arrivals and Departures –  On Schedule click for more info
  • 10:10 Kirkwall (Hatston) Arrivals and Departures – Sunday 21st on Schedule, possible disruption Monday 22nd click for more info
  • 09:45 Lerwick Arrivals and Departures  – Sunday 21st on Schedule, possible disruption Monday 22nd click for more info

Guide to Shetland

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.

How to take photos of Shetland Fire Festivals

How to take photos of Shetland Fire Festivals

Shetland Fire Festivals can be particularly difficult subjects to take good photos of as they take place during the winter on dark nights and feature lots of movement, as Jarl Squads march quickly with bright flaming torches. However we have some camera tips that may help you!

Shetland in October 2018

What's happening in Shetland in October 2018

There's plenty on in Shetland during October 2018 including the Taste of Shetland Festival and the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival. Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!

How to take photos of the Northern Lights

How to take photos of the Northern Lights

Visitors to Shetland in autumn and winter will hope to see the Northern Lights, known locally as the Mirrie Dancers. Those who get to see them will be enchanted by the curtains of green, yellow, blue and red light swaying and shifting in the night sky. If you’d like to take good photos of the Northern Lights, you may find that it is easier than you might think!

10 Great walks with your dog in Shetland

10 Great walks with your dog in Shetland

With dramatic scenery in spades, miles of heathery moorland and lovely sandy beaches, the Shetland Islands are a fantastic place to take your dog, and there are many fine Shetland dog walks to be had! We asked Sara from the Lerwick Terminal about her dog Dougal's favourite walks. We hope that you and your dog enjoy visiting these wild and beautiful places!

A guide to the Shetland Islands

A Guide to the Shetland Islands

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!

Where in Shetland do you find…

Where in Shetland do you find…

Looking for ponies, puffins, otters, orcas, geology or Vikings in Shetland? We've written a handy guide to the Shetland islands which should answer your questions and point you in the right direction!

Reestit Mutton Soup Recipe

Reestit Mutton Soup Recipe

Learn how to make Reestit Mutton Soup with this easy recipe from the Shetland Islands. Reestit Mutton is a traditional Shetland way of preserving mutton with salt for consumption during the winter months. This delicious soup is the most common way you'll encounter Reestit Mutton when you visit Shetland; it could very likely be called Shetland’s national dish!

How to cross Up Helly Aa from your bucket list!

How to cross Up Helly Aa from your bucket list!

For many people, visiting Shetland to see the Viking-themed fire festival Up Helly Aa is firmly on their bucket list. It’s a spectacular event which culminates with the burning of a Viking galley. If seeing Up Helly Aa seems like a difficult thing to achieve then we’re pleased to let you know that it is easier than you think!

Ten things to do in Shetland without spending a penny!

Ten things to do in Shetland without spending a penny!

With amazing landscapes to see; from dramatic coastal scenery to wild hills; as well as free activities to keep the family entertained, Shetland can be a place where you can go on amazing adventures without needing to spend a penny! Here are ten recommendations of things to do in Shetland for free!

Food from the Shetland Islands that you must try!

Food from the Shetland Islands that you must try!

When visiting the Shetland Islands we recommend that you sample the unique food that can be found there. Throughout history Shetlanders have relied on the sea to fill their larder. The heathery landscape is also ideal for sheep farming. For your taste-buds' sake, make sure you sample some of our Shetland food suggestions!

A Guide to Events and Festivals in Shetland

A Guide to Events and Festivals in Shetland

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!

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