Area Guides

Bressay and Noss

Bressay, seven minutes by ferry from Lerwick, offers Shetland in miniature – inspiring coastal landscapes, wildlife up close, and sites of historical, natural and adventure interest. Exchange the bustle of town for a friendly rural atmosphere and explore the island that is one of Shetland’s best… Read More »

Fair Isle

Fair Isle is famed for its knitwear and birds and is an ideal place for wildflower study. It’s one of the friendliest and most successful remote communities in Britain and the island, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, lies midway between Shetland and Orkney.… Read More »

Fetlar

Fetlar – the ‘garden of Shetland’ – a verdant, fertile isle lying east of Yell and home to around 60 welcoming folk, has a wealth of attractions to see and enjoy among its interesting natural and ecological heritage, rare breeding and migratory birds and beautiful beaches, as well as its com… Read More »

Foula

Foula – five square miles of island, five dramatic hills. Da Noup, Hamnafield, Da Sneug (1374ft), Da Kame (at 1233ft the second highest sheer cliff in Britain), and Soberlie tower over one of the most remote inhabited communities in Britain.… Read More »

Lerwick

Lerwick – Shetland’s capital – dates from the 17th century but is a bustling up-to-date town with 21st century ideas and amenities. From the new Mareel cinema, arts and music venue to Iron Age broch remains at Clickimin, the islands’ main town has many sites of interest.… Read More »

Lunnasting and Delting

The areas known as Lunnasting and Delting are diverse in that some of Shetland’s most unspoilt natural attractions lie side-by-side with the oil and gas industry infrastructure that provides a living for many islanders. From wonderful wildlife at Lunna Ness to the ruins of past life at Grobsness a… Read More »

North Mainland

The land north of Mavis Grind – a place both wild and glorious, with some of the best scenery in Shetland, and composed mainly of red granite and diorite – is known as Northmavine. Once described as “the largest, wildest and most beautiful parish in Shetland”, this area boasts not only an ou… Read More »

Out Skerries

Out Skerries is the most easterly community in Shetland and a great place for birdlife (including migrants), wildflowers and sea life, and popular with divers to the many shipwrecks around the coastline.… Read More »

Papa Stour

Papa Stour – 22 miles of indented coastline, rich in history, geology, archaeology and wildlife – is designated a Special Area of Conservation. Lying west of mainland Shetland and exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, the west coast has been carved into an unrivalled spectacle of clif… Read More »

Scalloway, Trondra and Burra

Scalloway – Shetland’s ancient capital – is dominated by Scalloway Castle and the busy harbour area. It’s a picturesque and interesting village, with quite a lot of ‘greenery’ (for ‘treeless’ Shetland), and a fine place to have a stroll, browse in the shops and museum, or stop for a … Read More »

South Mainland

The South Mainland, from Gulberwick to Sumburgh Head, has some of the islands’ most fertile land and many working crofts and farms within its boundaries. Shetland’s main airport, Sumburgh, is situated right at the south end, with the world-class Sumburgh Head attraction and nature reserve and th… Read More »

Tingwall and Central Mainland

The central part of mainland Shetland contains some of the most spectacular vistas and green and verdant landscapes. Photographers, golfers, ornithologists, otter spotters, historians, anglers, botanists, geologists and art lovers will all find something of interest here. From the fertile Tingwall V… Read More »

Unst

Unst, Britain’s most northerly island, has a landscape more varied than most in Shetland due to the unusual geology, and visitors are welcome to enjoy the spectacular natural attractions of this ‘island above all others’. Nationally important nature reserves, golden beaches and stunning voes, … Read More »

West Mainland

The Westside – the sunny side of Shetland – has remained relatively unspoilt by developments of the oil era and is a place well worth discovering. The peninsula seems to escape days of fog or rain more often than other parts of the islands, and some spectacular sunsets can be seen.… Read More »

Whalsay

Whalsay – named the ‘bonnie isle’ by visiting 19th-century Scots fishermen – relies mainly on the fishing industry for income and is a fairly prosperous community. The main settlement is Symbister (ON sunnbólstaðr – south farm) with its harbour sheltering the island’s renowned modern f… Read More »

Yell

Yell is the largest of the North Isles and a haven for wildlife and wild flowers. The 83 square miles of heather and moorland, cut by the deep voes of Whalfirth, Mid Yell and Basta Voe, boasts a coastline with some of the best beaches in Shetland. The islanders, numbering over 900, enjoy a varied an… Read More »