Visiting Shetland

Shetland is the northernmost part of the United Kingdom - a beautiful archipelago of islands with a truly stunning coastline and a strong cultural heritage.

Situated in the rich North-Sea fishing grounds, Shetland is adjacent to the west coast of Norway, and is almost as close to Bergen (229 miles) as to Inverness on the Scottish mainland (215 miles).

The islands are made up of over 100 individual islands including the central mainland, though only 16 of these are inhabited. The capital town of Lerwick is situated on the east coast in the centre of the mainland.

The islands are home to just under 23,000 people and visitors will always receive a warm welcome. With strong traditions in fishing, sailing, knitting, music and incredible natural heritage - Shetland has an abundance of activities, interests and opportunities for everyone.

The entire group of islands together is classified as a UNESCO Global Geopark and includes an incredibly diverse range of geological features. The natural coastlines, wildlife, weather and long light summer nights give Shetland a magical quality that is unequalled anywhere else.

In the summer months, the long light nights can appear to give nearly 24 hours of daylight at midsummer, or Simmer Dim, as it’s locally known. Conversely the dark winter months provide excellent opportunities to see the stunning Northern Lights, referred to by locals as ‘Mirrie Dancers’. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, Shetland will provide you with a friendly warm welcome and plenty of activities to enjoy.

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