Things to see and do in Shetland

With more than 100 islands, there is plenty to see and do during your stay in Shetland. Discover fascinating wildlife, world-renowned archaeology, a flourishing artistic and cultural scene and beautiful gardens. Take a walk and admire the beauty of your surroundings or check out one of the many exciting outdoor activities on offer.

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Traditional handcrafts at Unst Heritage Centre

Arts and culture

Immerse yourself in Shetland’s exciting music scene and discover how its proud creative heritage remains very much alive today.

Shetland pony foal with its mother

Wildlife

Catch sight of thousands of seabirds and other species of wildlife in their natural surroundings in Shetland.

The natural arch of the Gaada Stack at Da Ristie, Foula

Shetland's geology

Shetland’s extraordinary landscape is a treasure trove of stunning geological landmarks found throughout these remote islands.

Garden on the Island of Tondra, off the south east coast of Mainland Shetland

Gardens and parks

Explore the many beautiful gardens in Shetland where indigenous and exotic flora is grown.

Brave's Merida impresses with her archery skills

Brave

Bring Brave to life across in Shetland and uncover a great selection of activities and attractions.

West Voe, Island of Housay
Walking

Discover the many islands of Shetland on foot on one of many fantastic walking.

Gannets roost on a rock shelf on the Isle of Noss
Hides, reserves and visitor centres

The unique landscapes of Shetland provide habitat to a wide range of species just waiting to be discovered.