Attractions

Shetland has a vast array of attractions and activities that will give the most ardent of holiday makers a run for their money. We’ve selected some highlights.

You’ll find lots more indepth information at Visit.Shetland.org

Archaeology

Shetland has fantastic archaeological attractions. Visit the world’s best preserved broch on the island of Mousa, explore the recent Scatness Dig, or peer into our viking past at Jarlshof.

Wildlife

Our wildlife is famous the world over and there are many many things to see. For an overview of our natural heritage, we highly recomend you consider:

  • Jonathan Wills’ Trips to Seabird and Seal Colonies – Seeing Shetland’s coastline from the sea is a must, and Jonathan’s trip is an “Edutainment” experience.
  • Shetland Marine Charters are based at Brae Marina – Qualified guide Jim Dickson arranges individually tailored boat trips for Wildlife watching, Sea Angling & Sightseeing. He’ll even pick you up at the hotel in his all electric car, powered by his own wind turbine.
  • Bird Watching – If you want close-up views of tens of thousands of breeding Gannets, alongside Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, head for Sumburgh Head, Noss or Hermaness nature reserves.
  • Mousa – Shetland’s Natural and Archaeological Paradise – Witness one of Shetland’s most spectacular sights as hundreds of small storm petrel birds return in the late evening after a day feeding out at sea.
  • Thule Charters – Visit the seabirds and seals around the Noss Wildlife and Nature Reserves or a trip to see Britain's most northerly lighthouse. Additionally the MV Ruby May is equipped with a submersible ROV mounted camera that shows the stunning variety of life beneath the waves.

Geology

Geologically, Shetland is exceptionally diverse. Shetland GeoTours give you the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of Shetland taking in some fantastic views and learning about geology at the same time.

Hill Walking

Shetland is perfect for hill walking and you will often find that the hill is your own as you enjoy our beautiful landscape find out more here.

Cycling

Shetland’s roads are terrific for cyclists – narry a pothole in sight, uncrowded, well signposted and views that will have you stopping every mile or less.

The North Sea Cycle Route links to mainland Europe in only two places – Harwich and Shetland, so if your attempting this 6000 km. route, we look forward to seeing you at some point.

We have storage space for any number of bikes, and drying space for any outer clothing that might require it.

Golf

Shetland has a growing reputation as an unusual and interesting golfing venue. The three main courses all have their own special characteristics, spectacular views and unique challenges. Play the most northernly registered course in the United Kingdom – on the island of Whalsay, or perhaps one of the other courses on mainland Shetland at Dale or Asta, both about 25 minutes from Busta House.