Shetland, Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2019
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Spiggie Beach, Shetland
Renowned for its waters being lined with Yoals, an essential part of the Shetland diet.

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In light of COVID-19, everyone's health and safety is the most important thing. This means despite the love and desire to share our friendly, passionate and unique country, we must ask everyone at this time not to travel to our islands and remote rural communities.

Bringing the virus to these fragile and less accessible places puts unnecessary pressure on essential services and health services for local residents.

Ferry travel will only be available for those who permanently live on the islands and who have an essential need to travel to and from the mainland for essential supplies or business.

You might wonder where are the Shetland Islands? Located between Norway and mainland Scotland, this archipelago made up of around 100 different islands has some of the most incredible landscapes in the UK with an abundance of wildlife and a Viking heritage second to none.

Shetland was awarded Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2019 as one of Europe’s top destinations, so now is the perfect time to head 60 degrees north! Plan your short break or holiday in Shetland and enjoy some great Shetland events. Find out why Shetland is the perfect Scottish escape!

Enjoy miles of breathtaking coastline fringed by towering clifftops, pristine beaches and crystal-clear blue shores and experience some of the most spectacular wildlife spectacles, with thousands of seabirds from gannets to puffins, seals, otters and orcas, and of course the famous Shetland ponies.

Explore 4,000 years of Shetland history, streching back to the Bronze Age with fascinating Iron Age brochs and mysterious standing stones. Discover Shetland's unique cultural heritage from tradittional music to the spectacular Up Helly Aa festival. Lastly if you're a fan of Ann Cleeves' Shetland, the murder-mystery - now a BBC TV series, take a stroll in the capital Lerwick in Mainland Shetland and follow Jimmy Perez’s footsteps!

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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.

Lerwick iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Whilst our iCentre network remains closed in line with governmental guidance – should you require information on the locality for future travel, please note that our telephone line (01595 69 3434) is open Mon-Fri 9-5 and our team will be happy to assist. Located at the Market Cross in the centre of Lerwick’s main shopping street the VisitScotland iCentre is open all year and has everything you need to plan your visit to Shetland as well as a range of Shetland Crafts.

Shetland Travel Information

Getting here 

Shetland may be the most northerly point of the British Isles, but a range of transport options make it surprisingly accessible. Direct flights to Sumburgh Airport are available with Loganair from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall and Bergen in Norway. You can also start your adventure with a comfortable overnight crossing from Aberdeen or Kirwall with Northlink Ferries.

Travel to Shetland by ferry

Travel to Shetland by plane

Get to Shetland

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

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