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 kep… 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 is known as 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 c… Read More »


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 – 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 and peaceful historical sites to the daily bustle of ene… Read More »

North Mainland

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

Out Skerries

Skerries is the most easterly of Shetland's islands and is a great place for birdlife (including migrants), wildflowers and sea life, and popular with divers to the many shipwrecks around the coastline. Lying 24 miles northeast of Lerwick, the isles boast some of the most beautiful natural harbours … 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 cliff sc… 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 refreshment.… 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 the fa… Read More »

Tingwall and Central Mainland

Containing some of the most spectacular vistas and green and verdant landscapes, the central part of mainland Shetland is a boon for photographers, golfers, ornithologists, otter spotters, historians, anglers, botanists, geologists and art lovers. From the fertile Tingwall Valley and the deepest loc… Read More »


Nationally important nature reserves, golden beaches and stunning voes, walks and wildlife, Viking heritage, Muckle Flugga, loads of community events – including the award-winning UnstFest – and around 700 folk who are passionate about their island... just some of the many reasons for making a visit… 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 – named the ‘bonnie isle’ by visiting 19th-century Scots fishermen – lies east of the Shetland mainland and was sculpted by ice during the last glaciation. It has the appearance of a whale from the sea, hence its Old Norse name Whale Island (Hvalsey or Hvals-øy), the humpback being the Ward … Read More »


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.… Read More »