Shetland Islands Holiday Brochure

Made up of more than 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited, Shetland Islands are closer to Norway than to mainland Scotland and each of the islands has its own stunning scenery. Learn about the region’s fascinating past, discover the thriving arts and culture and soak up the sheer natural and built beauty. Show less

With Shetland’s history stretching back over 6,000 years, there is an abundance of things to do and see that brings its past vividly to life. From the amazingly preserved archaeological sites, including ancient houses and Iron Age brochs to castles and standing stones, delve into the region’s history and find out how the past Scots used to live.

Shetland’s culture stems from various roots, including those of Picts and Viking origins. Proud of their history, the islanders always find something to celebrate. Explore the incredible array of arts and culture attractions, including arts and crafts shopping and various festivals and events, such as Europe’s largest fire festival, the Up Helly Aa, or Shetland Folk Festival, and you’re guaranteed unforgettable memories.

Whichever island you visit, there are countless routes to walk taking in the sweeping heather-clad hills, glistering sea lochs and spectacular coastal scenery with white sand beaches that are great for a family day out. Visit Shetland Museum and Archives and learn about the geological processes that contributed to Shetland’s unique landscape.

With the unforgettable settings like this, Shetland offers an excellent choice of outdoor activities from midnight rounds of golf to exhilarating cycling and various watersports, there is no better way to explore the isles and get close to indigenous fauna and flora.

Speaking of wildlife, the region is rich in opportunities to see everything from otters to the island’s world-famous Shetland ponies and even whales, and birdwatching is a popular activity across the isles.

After a day exploring Shetland’s many fascinating attractions, indulge in a real foodie experience by enjoying the unique and mouth-watering flavours of local produce in the islands’ many restaurants, cafés and bars. From freshly caught seafood to distinctive local lamb, spot the unique flavours of local food and drink.

Getting to and around those remarkable islands is simple - and when it comes to hopping between the isles, the journey is often just as memorable as the destination. Visit Shetland and explore its beauty.

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