South Mainland is the narrow peninsula that runs 25 miles south from Lerwick to Sumburgh.
South Mainland has some of Shetland’s most attractive scenery as well as a real concentration of archaeological sites, including Europe’s best-preserved broch and two remarkable Iron Age villages.
Mousa Broch, a circular stone tower, was built around 2,000 years ago and is virtually intact. Old Scatness and Jarlshof are the Iron Age villages in the South Mainland that are also worth exploring.
The Shetland Croft Museum in Boddam is a straw-thatched homestead restored to what it would have been like a century ago.
The striking headland to the south-east of Jarlshof is Sumburgh Head, the southernmost tip of Shetland Mainland. The RSPB nature reserve here has the UK’s most accessible colony of puffins.