Why choose the Caribbean when you could visit Shetland?

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Planning an island adventure and can’t decide where to go? Looking for crystal-clear waters crashing against the shore, white sandy beaches and peace and tranquillity? That place could be closer than you imagine.

With pristine sands and blue waters just as vivid as those found in Barbados, Shetland’s very own St Ninian’s Isle is regularly compared to the tropical beaches of the Caribbean.

St Ninian's Isle, Shetland

St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland

Set foot on one of the finest sand tombolos in Europe and savour the splendid views. Linked to the mainland by a natural sand causeway with sea on either side, St Ninian’s Isle never fails to capture the heart of beach-goers. Secluded but easily accessible by plane and ferry, pack your bags and head to Shetland where this heavenly strip of sand awaits you.

If you’re a thrill-seeker and don’t mind the cold temperatures you might even fancy a quick, shivery dip in the shallow waters of the UK’s most northerly islands. The turquoise waters and dramatic landscape are truly magical.

Did you also know that Shetland has made it into the travel bible Lonely Planet’s list of top seven places with the world’s best sunrises? Featured alongside Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Batur in Bali, it’s easily accessible all year round and is definitely worth the journey.

Shetland sunrise © Tom Jervis

Shetland sunrise © Tom Jervis

Did I also mention that there are five beaches in Shetland that proudly fly the Rural Seaside Award Flag, including Sands of Breckon, Tresta, West Sandwick, West Voe and the aforementioned St Ninian’s Isle?

But Shetland is not all about beaches. With almost 1,500 miles of coastline, fascinating wildlife, a flourishing artistic and cultural scene and ancient history, Shetland is the ideal retreat from modern, urban life. Discover an abundance of things to see and do against the backdrop of its unforgettable scenery, from exciting outdoor activities to fantastic festivals and events and great foodie experiences.

Welcome to Shetland, Scotland’s little paradise.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Shetland sunrise image: Tom Jervis

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Aldona Krzemien

Media Editor at VisitScotland
Originally from Poland, she's now based in Edinburgh and can't imagine life without four things: travels, photography, fishing for antiques and haggis!
  • http://www.bolee.com/ Dee Baig

    What would be the more captivating scene than this sunrise? So close to nature! I am just lost in the beauty of this spell-binding and magical shot. Shore, solace and sunrise; the beginning of a new day, a new life! I am desperately wishing to visit Shetland and see this view with my own eyes!

    DbaiG
    Bolee.com

  • Anna

    I wish I would live there… for always