Our Responsible Visitor Charter
The Northern Isles of Shetland and Orkney are breathtakingly beautiful with stunning nature, scenery, and history that you won’t find anywhere else.
When you visit Shetland and Orkney, you follow in the footsteps of Neolithic people and Viking warriors. We’re home to some of the oldest sites in the country and have a duty to protect them.
We all must do our bit to protect these islands and ensure they can be enjoyed by local people and visitors alike, today and for generations to come.
We’re delighted that you’re exploring the Northern Isles and ask that you take a few easy steps to support and safeguard our local area while you’re here:
Respect our culture and heritage: When you visit Shetland and Orkney, you follow in the footsteps of Neolithic people and Viking warriors. We’re home to some of the oldest sites in the country and have a duty to protect them. Follow your tour guide’s instructions and be respectful in heritage sites.
Be mindful of wildlife: Shetland and Orkney are rich in wildlife. Birds and animals might live in places you don’t expect, so tread lightly when you are exploring and try not to disturb wildlife. Keep your dog on a lead unless directed otherwise, use footpaths where possible, and don’t litter.
Support local businesses: The islands are home to some mouth-watering food and drink, so take time to sample the produce, and enjoy the local shops and accommodation.
Be environmentally conscious: Where possible, leave the car and walk, cycle, or use public transport to get around the islands. Make use of the many recycling bins dotted around when disposing of litter and enjoy our fresh tap water instead of buying bottled water.