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 and Orkney have been populated for over 6000 years, and through the course of these Islands' history the languages spoken there have changed many times. However it is Old Norse that has had the greatest influence on modern place names. Read our guide to find out what the island, area and house names of Shetland mean!
There's lots on in Shetland during January 2019. The fire festivals begin with the Scalloway Fire Festival and Up Helly Aa in Lerwick. There are also brilliant new classes to join and fabulous musical events to attend! Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!
Many of us have a soft spot for chocolate but Shetlander Dave Williams turned his love for the sweet into a thriving business. Read on to find out how Dave's small chocolatey idea led to a change in career and the introduction of one of the Northern Isles’ favourite sweet companies – Mirrie Dancers.
To celebrate the Year of Young People 2018 NorthLink Ferries ran a writing competition for P6 and P7 pupils in Shetland. We asked them to tell us five reasons why they think the Shetland Islands are a great place to visit. The winning article, written by Ailee Burgess, aged 11, from Tingwall Primary School, is a brilliant insider’s guide to Shetland!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!