Local produce in Shetland

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  • Fish hanging at the Croft House Museum, Dunrossness
    Fish hanging at the Croft House Museum, Dunrossness
  • Scallops served at the Baltasound Hotel, Unst
    Scallops served at the Baltasound Hotel, Unst
  • A plate of freshly caught Shetland lobster
    A plate of Shetland lobster
  • Valhalla Brewery, Unst
    Valhalla Brewery, Unst

Characterised by unspoilt and fertile landscapes, clear coastal waters and traditional recipes honed over generations, Shetland has an abundance of delicious local produce and is the ideal location for a culinary adventure.

From the sea

The sea provides an endless source of inspiration and is an integral part of Shetland’s heritage. As well as familiar fish such as haddock and halibut and shellfish including crab, lobster and mussels, look out menus featuring the more unusual ling and megrim.

Much of Shetland’s fish and shellfish is smoked or pickled, a practice inspired by the area’s Norse background. Gravadlax is a pickled salmon delicacy which is popular in salads or as an oatcake topping and smoked salmon is also popular here. Pick up some before you leave from suppliers such as Blydoit Fish Ltd in East Voe who roast the salmon over smouldering beech chips and whisky barrels.

From the land

Shetland’s livestock graze over wide open spaces from the sea-weed rich shores to the heather-clad hills of the islands. As a result, Shetland lamb and mutton are considered among the best in the world and have a distinctive flavour and Shetland lamb is listed under the European Union’s Protected Designation of Origin status (PDO). This means only lamb produced in a certain way in Shetland can rightly call itself Shetland lamb.

Reestit mutton is another local delicacy to enjoy. Salted in brine, it is then hung to dry above a peat fire. This was traditionally done above the rafters or ‘reest’ of a house and gives it a delicious salty flavour. A great accompaniment is the unique Shetland tattie, characterised by its black colour

You can also sample the delicious and creamy cheeses from across the islands. Visit the Shetland Cheese Company in Skeld and enjoy a tour to find out how milk from the local herds is used to create handmade cheeses.

Drink

Shetland is home to the UK’s most northerly brewery, Valhalla, which produces an excellent range of award-winning real ales.

Farmers' markets

If you want to purchase Shetland's fresh local produce direct from the producers, then visit the monthly farmers' markets that are held across the islands. From Unst, Yell and Vidlin to Walls, Bixter and Tingwall, discover the excellent selection of seafood, meat and sweet delicacies, alongside a range of unique Shetland crafts. Producers are always happy to share tips on how best to prepare and serve their produce.

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  1. Scoop Wholefoods

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Scoop Wholefoods stock a wide range of quality and specialist foods.

  2. Shetland Cheese

    Type

    Cheese & Dairy Supplier

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Welcome to Shetland Cheese

  3. Shetland Cheese Ltd

    Type

    Food & Drink Attraction

    Gradings

    Shetland

  4. Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Quendale Watermill is a beautifully restored 19th century overshot watermill complete with visitor centre and café.

  5. Valhalla Brewery

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    Breweries

    Gradings

    Unst

    Visit the most northerly brewery in the UK and sample its uniquely flavored ales.

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