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Shetland Islands
Travel Guide – Scotland

Shetland Islands Travel Guide

Shetland is part of a group of more than a hundred islands that can be found around a hundred miles to the north of the Scottish mainland. Only fifteen of the Shetland Islands are inhabited, although boat trips are available to take visitors to many of the uninhabited islands as well as the larger islands, which boast plenty of accommodation options as well as a wealth of different types of attractions that people from all walks of life are sure to enjoy. However, the main attraction is the natural beauty of the area itself.

Things to see and do on the Shetland Islands

Shetland Islands, Scotland

A lamb standing alone on a green hill – the bluish coastline is seen clearly in the background.

People who climb to the top of Gallow Hill will be treated to stunning views of the charming village of Gallow as well as the surrounding area. The Witch’s Wart can be found on the very top of the hill, which is an ancient burial site of a group of women who were accused of being witches.

Situated on the picturesque island of Burra, Meal Beach is one of the best places in the Shetland Islands to spread out and soak up the sun. This long white sandy beach boasts a series of dramatic rocky outcroppings and offers visitors stunning ocean views as well as excellent water sports opportunities.

Water sports enthusiasts who are looking for a new way to experience the natural beauty of the area should try sea kayaking. Equipment hire and organised trips are offered at the Bridge End Outdoor Centre and visitors who have plenty of patience and a keen eye will have the chance to spot seals and whales cavorting in the water.

Desert Island – Shetland Islands, Scotland

Isolated cottage on Mousa, Shetland Islands.

The small island of Tronda is connected to the Scottish mainland by a bridge, making it very easy to get there. Visitors will be treated to stunning views from several points on the island and keen hikers can follow the picturesque Burland Croft Trail.

Bird watchers should take a boat trip to the pretty Fair Isle for the chance to view a large number of different bird species including gannets, rock pippets, puffins and arctic terns. Visitors can also climb to the top of Malcolm’s Head to take in stunning panoramic views of the island and surrounding area, while the island also boasts a small museum.

Climate conditions

The climate in Shetland tends to be significantly cooler than on the Scottish mainland and visitors are advised to wrap up warm at any time of year. However, temperatures tend to climb between June and August and the summer months offer plenty of warm and sunny days to enjoy while explore the area.