"The Shetland Islands are a jewel in the crown of Britain."
Simon King - BBC Wildlife Presenter
Some of Britain's best preserved archaeology is here, at places like Jarlshof and Scatness, a reminder that the islands have seen 5000 years of habitation.
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
Virkie, Mainland, Shetland, ZE3 9JN
This extraordinarily important site spanning 3000 years is a complex of ancient settlements within a very small area
Broch of Mousa
Sandwick, Shetland, ZE2
The finest broch in Scotland it has survived for two thousand years virtually intact
Lerwick, Shetland, ZE2
A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.
Shetland Museum and Archives
Lerwick, ZE1 0WP
Shetland Museum and Archives is a 5 Star Visitor Attraction based in Lerwick. Open all year round for a great family day out.
Lit in 1929, this was the last manned lighthouse designed by a Stevenson for the Northern Lighthouse Board.
Superb sports facility with flumes, river ride, bubble pool, outdoor lagoon and 25 metre competition pool, plus fitness centre, squash courts and cafe
You could take a boat trip for a sea-level view of soaring cliffs, covered in nesting birds. Or walk to the hilltop on the Hermaness Reserve for a view of Muckle Flugga - the tip of Scotland. Or catch the ferry to the further-flung islands, to see the cliffs of Foula for instance. Finding an adventure in Shetland is easy - it’s an adventurous kind of place!
Fishing in Shetland
The Shetland Isles have an amazing variety of trout fishing and sea angling possibilities. There are clear, fertile machair lochs close to the sea, a vast number of sparkling lochs with feisty trout inland, and seas that provide awesome fishing
Good ferry links make inter-island cycling straightforward, while Shetland also has its part in the North Sea Cycle Route, which takes in 7 countries.
Wild seascapes, cliffs and beaches, archaeological sites and wildlife encounters - these are some of the rewards for walking in Shetland - and the islands even have their own walking festival. There are numerous routes if you are interested in geocaching. One can be found a short distance from our accomodation.
A memorable place to play golf, especially in mid-summer when the sun barely sets. There are three good courses.
Think of Shetland as Seabird Central. For sheer variety and number of seabirds Shetland is arguably the best place in Europe. Add the possibility of whale watching offshore, widespread otters and a culture that leans as much to Norway as it does to Scotland and you’ve the makings of a memorable island trip.
Shags, puffins and gannets
Whales and seabirds
Gannets and whimbrels
Heavy metal plants
Otters and divers
Isle of Foula
Lacework and knitting, paintings and jewellery, pottery and woodwork - these are just some of the themes to explore in the range of speciality shops on Shetland.