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.
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?
There's lots on in Shetland during July 2019 including Shetland Nature Festival, UnstFest 2019, Jack Dee, Shetland Folk Frenzy and the Shetland 2019 Pony Breed Show Week. Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!
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!
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!
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!
Up Helly Aa is the biggest of the fire festivals that take place in the winter months in Shetland. This Viking themed fire festival takes place in Lerwick on the last Tuesday of January. The day involves a series of marches and visitations and in the evening is the most famous part – the torch-lit procession and Galley burning. Find out more about the Shetland Fire Festival and view the webcast of 2019's event here!
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!
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!
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!