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!