The Shetland Islands, one of the most northern points of Scotland, lie approximately 170km north of the Scottish mainland and are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated in the North Sea about 80km from the Orkney Islands, it is even possible to see the Northern Lights on clear winter nights from the Islands. The islands have a strong link to Norway due to to the location. Rent accommodation on the Shetlands to explore the incredible nature, experience the warm hospitality and relax in the peaceful surroundings.
Discover the history, culture and heritage of the Shetlands
Only 15 of the 100 islands are inhabited, with the capital Lerwick being the largest settlement. Food on the islands are based on local produce, mainly involving lamb, beef and fresh seafood. The Shetlands is home to three national nature reserves, most notably with large amounts of sea bird colonies. Guided animal-spotting trips, walks and tours are available across the Shetlands. Explore the Shetlands incredible landscape with plenty of outdoor activities, including walking, climbing, kayaking and golf. If you are ready to brave the North Sea, try your hand at sailing, surfing, diving or angling. Should you be staying in a Shetland holiday apartment during January, be sure to experience the Up Helly Aa festival. This festival is the largest cultural festival on the islands and takes place annually on the last Tuesday of every January. Up Helly Aa celebrates the Shetland history for 24 hours with fancy dress, fire spectacles and music. With history dating back to the Vikings, many of these influences can still be recognised today in the culture and heritage of the Shetlands. To find out more about the history of the Shetlands, visit the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick or the archaeological site of Old Scatness. The Shetlands can easily be reached by ferry from Aberdeen.
Ultimately, however you decide to spend your time on the Shetlands, you will not leave disappointed.