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.

A super day out at Tangwick Haa Museum

A super day out at Tangwick Haa Museum

For a super day out in Shetland we would recommend a drive up to see the amazing cliff scenery at Eshaness along with a stop at the Tangwick Haa Museum. On our visit we received a warm welcome and thoroughly enjoyed learning about what life was like for folk who lived in the area in the past. Ruby Brown offers us a fascinating insight into this wonderful building!

Shetland in May 2017

What's happening in Shetland in May 2017

There's lots on in Shetland during May 2017 including some brilliant musical performances and exhibitions, Let’s Circus and RSPB Guided walks! Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!

Fascinating facts about Jarlshof you may not know!

Fascinating facts about Jarlshof you may not know!

If you only visit one archaeological site in Shetland, then it has to be Jarlshof. Located on the south tip of Shetland, this site was occupied for 4000 years and contains buildings from many different time periods. We've gathered some fascinating facts about Jarlshof over the ages.

Twelve essential historical places to visit in Shetland

Twelve essential historical places to visit in Shetland

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!

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!

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!

A walk to Culswick Broch in Shetland

A walk to Culswick Broch in Shetland

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.

12 essential Shetland books

12 essential Shetland books

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.

My visit to the Ness of Burgi

My visit to the Ness of Burgi

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 – a hidden treasure in the heart of Lerwick

Clickimin Broch – a hidden treasure in the heart of Lerwick

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!

Ten more hidden gems of Shetland

Ten more hidden gems of Shetland

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!

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