With relatively low levels of traffic and good quality roads with plenty of signposting, driving or cycling around Shetland is simple, relaxing and fun. Shetland is part of the National Cycling Network and the North Sea Cycle Route passes through the islands. Make sure you pop into VisitScotland Information Centres as soon as you arrive to find out about hiring a taxi, car or bicycle, and pick up a map and leaflet for more detailed information.
You can find up-to-date traffic information from Traffic Scotland and plan your route with Transport Direct.
Once in Shetland, there are local bus services which can take you to different locations throughout the islands. In Lerwick, the bus station is less than a mile from the ferry terminal. For up-to-date timetable information, check Shetland's transport Zetrans sites. Bus timetables are also available from VisitScotland Information Centres.
With so many islands worth visiting as part of a touring itinerary, it is often a pleasant surprise to visitors how simple it is to travel around Shetland. Drive-on, drive-off ferries operate between all of the larger inhabited islands, including Bressay, Whalsay, Yell and Unst, and are fast, frequent and relied upon by locals just as much as they are by visitors.
Booking is advisable, particularly at peak times. For further information on ferry times visit the Shetland Islands Council site.