From Viking times come the first records of our spoken culture – not just in the occasional saga references to Shetland, but also in the thousands of local place names. Hundreds of the dialect words are Norse, still used today, particularly in connection with nature, livestock, farming, fishing, boats, the sea and the weather.
Come to discover this place I now call home, with spectacular coastal scenery and vibrant culture. Here are our top tips for travelling to northernmost Scotland.
At 60° north, you’ll find yourself at a maritime crossroads where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Arriving for the very first time — or returning, to get to know Shetland on a deeper level — you can be sure of a great welcome, from our little archipelago of 23,000 people.
There’s a beautiful juxtaposition between Shetland’s remoteness and also the bustling communities, full of creativity, innovation and culture. Shetland is composed of over 100 islands, of which 17 are inhabited
Despite the harsh climate and exposed terrain, Shetland boasts abundant wildlife, a spectacular coastline, many archaeological sites and most of all world-famous textile heritage, that is still very much part of our culture today.
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“Every time I think of Shetland and our amazing trip, it brings me to a place of peacefulness and wholesomeness.”
The voyage north aboard these large, comfortable, cruise-style ships makes a relaxing start to your holiday.
Northlink Ferries currently sail from Aberdeen seven nights a week, year-round, arriving in Lerwick early the following morning at 7.30am. You are welcome to take your car to Shetland on board the Northlink Ferries too.
The ferries dock at Lerwick ferry terminal, which is less than a mile from the town centre. It’s a pleasant stroll along the waterfront to the centre of the old town and to your accommodation.
Cruising up the coast of Shetland on a sunny morning gives a stunning first glimpse of our islands. To find out more visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk.
For the cosiest B&Bs in town and the best bay-window views over the ocean, visit www.SHETLAND.org for full details on accommodation options.
Whether you want to experience these islands from the passenger seat, so you can gaze out the window. Or you want the flexibility to take a spontaneous trip to the coast/museum/pub.
You can find the easiest mode of transport to fit your schedule at www.travel.shetland.org — be it by bike, car or bus.
Get a feel for the fresh air, the communities and wide open spaces. Walk Shetland’s cobbled and muddy pathways (before you’ve set foot off the ferry or plane). Cultivate your must-do list, before your trip to these wild islands.
With the Shetland Wool Adventures Journal, you can find an abundance of inspiration for your up-and-coming trip.