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.
The Shetland Fudge Company is a premium bespoke chocolate company with a huge range of confectionery including fudge, truffles, tablet, Puffin Poo, preserves and gourmet mallow which has been made entirely by hand. From having 3 employees and one ‘peerie’ kitchen when they started this venture, they now have two premises within Lerwick town centre and employ 13 staff members. We caught up with Nicola and Magnus to find out more about the business!
There's lots on in Shetland during September 2019 including Screenplay 2019, the Shetland Songwriting Festival and Shetland Wool Week. Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!
The waters around Shetland are well known for attracting a rich variety of marine mammals, but sometimes these animals can find themselves in trouble. Since 1987 Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary have cared for sick, injured and abandoned seals, otters and cetaceans with a focus on releasing them back into the wild. NorthLink caught up with Jan Bevington, founder of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, to discuss how it all started and how you can get involved.
The island of Fetlar makes up one of Shetland's three North Isles, along with Yell and Unst. Fetlar is 7 miles wide and sits to the east of those islands. It is known as The Garden of Shetland because during the summer it is carpeted with wild flowers. Fetlar is also well known for the ancient dyke that divides the island and the Red Necked Phalarope that call the island their home.
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!
Hugh Harrop set up Shetland Wildlife in 1993 as a wildlife and photography holiday business. Since then Hugh and his team have given his customers some unforgettable experiences with Shetland’s wildlife and now, via social media, Hugh’s spectacular pictures and footage of orca are available for all to see. Hugh very kindly answered NorthLink’s questions about orca in Shetland.
Hufsie cake is a delicious light spiced fruit cake which originates from the Shetland island of Whalsay. Rachel A Davis, blogger and photographer from www.vagabondbaker.com kindly shared her recipe with NorthLink Ferries!
Did you know that over 1 million seabirds arrive and nest in the vast seabird colonies on Shetland's cliffs? The croft land, voes, lochs and sandy beaches of Shetland are also very attractive to a large variety of birds. We hope you enjoy our beginner's guide to 30 birds to see in Shetland, and where to find them. Can you see them all during your holiday in Shetland?
Laurie Goodlad, a tour guide from 'Shetland with Laurie' has written about the midnight trip to Mousa. During the trip you can see the Storm Petrels return to their nests within the walls of the Iron Age building, Mousa Broch. Read on if you love amazing adventures and bucket-list experiences!
Laurie Goodlad, a tour guide from 'Shetland with Laurie' has written about a fabulous walk in Lunna Ness on the east side of Shetland, which she has kindly shared with NorthLink Ferries. The walk to the Stones of Stofast takes you across a scenic hillside to massive house-sized boulders. Read on if you love amazing adventures and gob-smacking sights!
Visiting Shetland is a real treat for photographers; make sure you don't forget your camera when visiting! We hope you enjoy our 25 stunning pictures of Shetland's dramatic landscape, birds, ponies, Vikings, ancient monuments, cliffs and beaches!