Fly to Shetland

The ultimate escape

The Romans called these islands Ultima Thule, believing them to be on the edge of the world. Nowadays Shetland is more like the ultimate escape to awesome coastal scenery, outstanding birdlife, a wealth of archaeological treasures, warm hospitality and much else besides.

Beneath its vast skies, Britain’s most northerly archipelago is 300 islands & skerries strong and possessed of a unique character. Viking roots run deep – the multiple Fire Festivals around New Year, such as the renowned Up Helly Aa longboat-burning, are vivid testimony to that. Explore other enthralling eras in the medieval castles, ancient brochs, standing stone circles and prehistoric villages.

Shetland’s museums and festivals...

... can enhance any visit with their fascinating and varied themes – how about Boat Week and Wool Week? The UK’s most northerly Folk Festival is a round-the-clock celebration of musicianship, song and generally having a good time. In summer, enjoy music sessions in local pubs. Food and drink features outstanding local produce, perhaps washed down with a Shetland ale or whisky or gin.

The expansive, wind-combed moorlands are home to the miniature Shetland ponies, countless sheep (hence the famous knitwear) and 500 species of plants, while out to sea you can often spot whales, seals and porpoises. The sea-angling is top class, as is the loch trout fishing. But it’s the birdlife that truly astonishes. Immense colonies of gannets, guillemots, fulmars and puffins will delight ornithologists. Ultimately, Shetland will work its relaxing magic on you.

3 ultimate reasons to fly to Shetland

  • Incredible birdlife

  • Fascinating history

  • Festivals galore

 

Unst Bus Shelter

At the turn-off to Littlehamar, just past Baltasound, is Britain's most impressive bus stop. Enterprising locals, tired of waiting in discomfort, decided to do a job on it, and it now boasts posh seating, novels, numerous decorative features and a visitors' book to sign. The theme and colour scheme change yearly.

For 24 hours...

... on the last Tuesday of January Lerwick leads the way for Up Helly Aa, the annual community fire celebrations of Shetland’s Viking Heritage. It’s a spectacular community event with hundreds of volunteers contributing many hours towards organising and planning the festival. The Guizer Jarl heads the festivities which end with the burning of a Viking longboat. Unforgettable.

 

You might also like