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 Shetland.org
A few suggestions for places you may like to visit and things you might like to do;
- The ‘Hams’, Muckle Roe – Scenic Walk. 10 minute drive. This would take about half a day.
- The Booth, Hillswick – Otter & Seal Sanctuary
- Eshaness, North West of Hillswick – Magnificent cliff scenery, interesting graveyard, Tangwick Haa Museum
A 20 minute drive, this could take most of a day to see
- North Roe – Tour of Fethaland’s ruins, a 19th Century fishing haaf, site of Iron-age Broch and Viking Soapstone Quarry.
About a 30 minute drive and a 4 hour (approx.) walk
- Unst – Saxa Vord, Hermaness, Keen of Hamer, Boat Haven, Valhalla Brewery, Shetland Reel Gin Distillery, Muness Castle and the very interesting Unst Bus Stop.
- Yell – The “White Wife” – figurehead from a 1924 German Shipwreck, Old Haa Burravoe, Windhouse, Mid Yell (Shetland’s most haunted building) The Aywick Shop, stocks almost anything you can imagine, The Shetland Gallery – Britain’s most Northerly art gallery
- Whiteness, on the Westside – Bonhoga Gallery & Café, nice light lunch stop.
- Weisdale, on the Westside – Shetland Jewellery.
- Sandness, on the Westside – Jamiesons of Shetland, Wool Producers - 01595 870285
- Golf in Shetland;
Dale, a couple of miles North of Lerwick, Shetland’s main 18 hole course
Asta, between Tingwall & Scalloway, Beautifully located 9 hole course
Whalsay (Island on the Eastside, requires a 30 minute ferry crossing) – Scotland’s most Northerly 18 hole course.
- Lunna House – This house was used as an operations base by the Norwegian resistance who ran “The Shetland Bus” during World War II
- Scalloway – Scalloway Castle and the nearby Museum. In 1942 the main base for operations was moved from Lunna House to Scalloway.
- Lerwick – Shetland’s Capital town. Shetland Museum & Archives (Particularly useful on a rainy day). Many shops selling local arts and crafts as well as traditional knitwear. Broch of Clickimin. A Boat trip around Noss, departs from the Victoria pier.
- South Mainland;
Cunningsburgh – Barbara Isbister’s Knitwear Shop
Sandwick – Departure point for Mousa Boat Trip
Sumburgh – Puffins at the Lighthouse, Jarlshof & Old Scatness
Quendale – Restored Water Mill
St.Ninians Isle – Beautiful tombola connected island near Bigton
Boddam (Dunrosness) – Croft House Museum