Planning an island adventure and canâ€™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.
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 Ninianâ€™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 youâ€™re a thrill-seeker and donâ€™t mind theÂ cold temperatures you might even fancy a quick, shivery dip in the shallow waters of the UKâ€™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 Planetâ€™s list of top seven places with the worldâ€™s best sunrises? Featured alongside Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Batur in Bali, itâ€™s easily accessible all year round and is definitely worth the journey.
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 Ninianâ€™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, Scotlandâ€™s little paradise.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Shetland sunrise image: Tom Jervis