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Shetland: Find your True North
Spiggie beach, South Mainland, Shetland

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You might wonder where are the Shetland Islands? Located between Norway and mainland Scotland, this archipelago is made up of around 100 different islands. 

There are plenty of things to do in Shetland. The islands have some of the most incredible landscapes in the UK and a Viking heritage second to none. Shetland was even awarded by Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2019 as one of Europe’s top destinations. Whether you enjoy adrenaline-soaked adventure or a slower approach to travelling, you can visit Shetland in your own way, in your own time.

Head 60 degrees north for a short break or longer holidays in Shetland and find your perfect Scottish escape. Explore Shetland’s pretty capital, Lerwick, and wander around the quirky lanes made famous by Jimmy Perez in the BBC Shetland TV series.

Explore the seaside and enjoy miles of breathtaking coastline, fringed by towering clifftops, pristine beaches and crystal-clear blue shores. You will also experience spectacular wildlife on the Shetland islands, from seabirds and seals, to otters and orcas, not forgetting the famous Shetland ponies.

Start planning your perfect Shetland holidays now and find your True North!

Map of Shetland

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Bressay And Noss

Bressay lies east of Lerwick and is just a short ferry trip, while Noss is off the east coast of Bressay and is a paradise for nesting birds.

Fair Isle

Midway between Orkney and Shetland Fair Isle lies.


Fetlar, south of Unst and east of Yell, is the fourth largest island in Shetland and is known as the ‘Garden of Shetland’.


Foula is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the British Isles and lies 20 miles west of Mainland Shetland.


Towns & Villages
Lerwick, Shetland’s capital, has a strong fishing heritage and is famous for its annual winter fire festival, Up-Helly-Aa.

North Mainland

Towns & Villages
North Mainland is the area of Mainland Shetland north of Voe and features some of Shetland’s most spectacular scenery.


Unst is Britain’s most northerly inhabited island and is part of the Shetland Islands.


Whalsay is an island with a strong fishing heritage and is half-an-hour by ferry from the east coast of Mainland Shetland.


Yell is the largest of the Northern Isles and is part of the Shetland Islands.

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Shetland Travel Information

Getting here 

Shetland may be the most northerly point of the British Isles, but it is also surprisingly accessible. Take a direct flight to Sumburgh Airport with Loganair from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, Kirkwall with connections from Birmingham, Belfast City, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Teesside. Fancy a ferry to Shetland instead? You can visit Shetland with a safe and comfortable overnight crossing from Aberdeen or Kirwall with NorthLink Ferries.

Travel to Shetland by ferry

Travel to Shetland by plane

Get to Shetland

Check out Loganair Fly Safe simple steps to healthy flying and 12 ways to travel safely with NorthLink.

How to get around Shetland

Getting from A to B in Shetland is simple. In fact, when it comes to jumping on a plane, hopping between the isles on a ferry, or whizzing around empty roads by car or bike, the journey is just as fun as the destination itself.

Shetland is part of the National Cycling Network and the North Sea Cycle Route passes through the islands, and the inter-ferry service and inter-islands flights which take off from Tingwall are frequent, fast and used as much by the locals as they are visitors.

Travel around Shetland using inter-island ferries

Travel around Shetland using inter-island flights

Get to know Shetland

You can find out more about where to visit in Shetland, how to get around and plan the perfect break on Plan your trip around Shetland