The strong influence of the region’s landscape, heritage and culture can be seen in the creative output of Shetland’s craftsmakers, designers and artists. From handmade knitwear and exquisite jewellery to paintings and ceramics, glasswork, carpentry and more, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up that special gift or souvenir of your stay.
Discover beautiful jewellery handcrafted by local designers, some using materials found on the islands. Pick up sea glass sculptures and jewellery at Hjarta, or why not watch the work in progress before perusing finished pieces available for purchase at Shetland Jewellery at Weisdale?
For more jewellery inspired by Viking and Celtic designs, there is also Rosalyn Thompson, Hnoss Jewellery, Esme Wilcock in Hillswick and Cheryl Jamieson in Unst, whose designs in glass are inspired by the islands.
If you’re looking for stoneware and porcelain ceramics, visit Vidlin Pottery where each piece is unique and signed by the artist, or should you be looking for leather products, Journeyman Leather offer a great range products from saddler and tack to belts and bags all of supreme quality.
There are few thngs warmer than real Shetland wool. For a chance to buy knitwear jumpers or accessories, visit Shetland Handspun or the Fair Isle Textile Workshop, where you can not only purchase beautiful scarves, gloves or hats, but also get a tuition in traditional textile craft from hand-spining to knitting, weaving and felt-making.
Explore other places where you can see a variety of handcrafted goods being created by following the Craft Trail. Pick up a leaflet from a VisitScotland Information Centre and visit the workshops and studios of everyone from carpenters to painters to see how time-honoured methods and locally sourced materials are used to produce one-of-a-kind pieces.
Take a moment to look through the listings and find out about arts and crafts shopping in Shetland, including information on locations, contact details and more.