What to see and do in Shetland

A Taste of the Isles

You’ve made it to Shetland, found somewhere to stay (if not, have a look at our Accommodation search pages), and the other necessity is eating. Shetland’s ‘larder’ contains a surprising selection of the freshest and tastiest produce. Whether buying to cook for yourself or letting the professionals d… Read More »

Activity Ideas

Shetland’s natural landscape and its surrounding seas offer ample opportunity for outdoor pursuits and water-based activities. Walk the coastline or hike the moorland and hills, fish for hard-fighting trout or record-breaking ling, kayak around stacks and in caves, play golf on the cliff tops, have … Read More »

Camping and Caravanning

With over a hundred islands and measuring a hundred miles from tip to tip, Shetland is an archipelago of wonderful variety and what better way to explore it than by taking your accommodation with you? Bringing your caravan or campervan to Shetland is a very straightforward affair...… Read More »

Culture and Heritage

An island-wide ‘network’ of museums and heritage centres, exhibitions and visitor attractions, can help you discover the magical story of Shetland, its history, its people and traditions, and provide an insight into the lives and livelihoods of the islanders from prehistoric times to the present day… Read More »

Family Friendly Shetland

If you want to give your family a holiday to remember, where you can share exhilarating outdoor experiences together in an unspoilt landscape and immerse yourselves in the culture, history, archaeology, geology and wildlife of a part of the British Isles that is uniquely different, Shetland is the d… Read More »

Follow the Arts Trail

The islands’ natural environment, with its ever-changing light and sense of space, provides inspiration for a huge range of work from craft makers, artists and photographers. They produce a diverse range of quality items for both the local and tourist markets, be it knitwear and textiles, jewellery,… Read More »

Follow the Vikings

Although there is known to have been human occupation in Shetland from Mesolithic times, one of the biggest upheavals occurred in the early ninth century when the first Viking invaders arrived from Norway. Whether the new arrivals assimilated or annihilated the Pictish people who were settled here i… Read More »

Geopark Shetland

Our island group has the most varied and dramatic array of landscapes and seascapes to be found anywhere in the world, so expect the unexpected! The vista changes from wild heather-clad moorland with a myriad of lochs to scenic valleys with bubbling streams, to green farmland, rugged hillsides and p… Read More »

Natural Shetland

For the visiting naturalist or wildlife enthusiast Shetland offers truly unparalleled opportunities and experiences. Few places in the British Isles host such a uniquely diverse and truly awe-inspiring offering of natural history; some of the country’s rarest breeding moorland bird species, seabird … Read More »

Photographic Riches

There are so many reasons to spend some time in Shetland – be it the many miles of spectacular coastline, the patchwork of crofts and heathery hills, the world-class wildlife, the rich cultural heritage… the list goes on. There’s truly something here for everybody. And for someone armed with a camer… Read More »

Shetland Nature Reserves

Shetland is renowned for the richness and diversity of its wildlife and natural habitat, having a number of nature reserves all with their own, unique characteristics.… Read More »

Shetland on Screen

Shetland seems to be appearing with increasing frequency on our TV screens, whether through reality documentaries or detective dramas. This is a very welcome development from a tourism perspective, as bigger and more diverse audiences are discovering the allure of these beautiful islands.… Read More »

Shetland's Year of Festivals

There's a wealth of festivals covering all kinds of interests and activities organised throughout the year in Shetland. Here's a brief outline of some of the more well-known events...… Read More »

The Legend of Goturm's Hole

Being the first landfall for any ship venturing out from the west coast of Norway, Shetland has always played an integral part in the Viking story. The first Norsemen arrived in the islands in the early ninth century and legends hold that Unst was where the first longship beached.… Read More »

The Shetland Pony

Small ponies have been on the Shetland Islands for at least 2,000 years, and from archaeological finds dating back to the Bronze Age it is believed that the Shetland pony has been in domestic use since that time.… Read More »

Touching the Past

Shetland today is intimately shaped by the past: most obviously by the Vikings, but they only arrived here 1,000 years ago. Shetland’s story starts 6,000 years before the islands became known to Scandinavians.… Read More »

Tours and Trips

To get the most out of your Shetland visit, fit in a trip with one (or more) of the local guides who can uncover the secrets of local history, delve into archaeological and geological mysteries and tell stories of folklore and trows. They can help you watch the wonderful wildlife, catch the biggest … Read More »

Walk Shetland

If you really want to get to know Shetland, there is only one way to do it – get out and get walking! You will be in for an experience like no other, whether tramping the dramatic coastline or exploring ruined settlements and dark, mysterious lochs.… Read More »