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.
Muckle Flugga Lighthouse is Britain’s most northerly lighthouse which stands precariously on a series of sharp rocks jutting out of the sea off the coast of Unst, Shetland. The lighthouse was built in 1854, and was manned by three keepers. Read on for a history of Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and an insight into the tough lives of the men who kept the light shining!
There's lots on in Shetland during November 2019 including Wordplay, Taste of Shetland and many superb musical performances. Read our what's on guide so that you don't miss a thing!
The Out Skerries are the most easterly islands of Shetland and are located approximately 24 miles from Shetland’s capital, Lerwick. They are made up of three small islands (Bruray, Housay and Grunay) and several skerries. Out Skerries is known for its rugged scenery, incredible cliff views and wildlife. It is also famous for the shipwrecks dotted around its coastline and for sightings of rare birds.
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!
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!
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.
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!