Welcome to Shetland

Closer to Norway than mainland Scotland

Made up of 100 islands with 15 inhabited, Shetland is a world like no other. Each island differs from each other and the scenery on offer is breathtaking. 

The unique blend of Scandinavian and Scottish culture runs deep into the Shetland Islands with over 100 stunning islands which lie around 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland. Uncover ancient history combined with diverse landscapes, incredible geology, fascinating wildlife, world-renowned archaeology and many fantastic events and festivals.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then this is the place to visit. The Shetland Islands offer visitors the chance to escape to a region full of rolling hills, sparkling sea lochs and beautiful beaches.  

The 6,000 year history of Shetland means that there is plenty to see,do and learn when visiting the islands. There are fascinating archaeological sites such as Mousa Broch - the fines surviving Iron Age broch tower. Another must visit is the Bronze Age Bressay, a community project that rescued the prehistoric Burnt Mound of Cruester from coastal erosion by moving the site stone by stone to a new location. 

To find out more about attractions in Shetland please visit our Things to Do section.


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