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.


Please ensure you visit responsibly and follow Promote Shetland Guidelines


Fly to Sumburgh from; Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow with connections from; Birmingham, Belfast City, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Teesside

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


Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh head is located at the southern tip of Shetland's mainland and is a lighthouse, visitor centre and nature reserve. Explore the history and heritage and enjoy the spectacle of seabirds including puffins, shags and fulmars. 

St Ninian's Isle

St Ninian's Isle is a beautiful sandy beach on the west coast of Shetland. Known as a 'tombolo' the beach is a natural sand causeway with sea on either side, connecting the South Mainland with the Isle. 


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