Where is Shetland?
Shetland is located roughly half way between Scotland and Norway on the 60° North line of latitude. Aberdeen in Scotland, Bergen in Norway and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands all lie less than 200 miles from Lerwick, Shetland's capital.
Shetland offers something for everyone...
Shetland is a bird-watchers paradise…there are more species of seabird breeding in Shetland than anywhere else in Britain.
And it’s not just seabirds…the moorlands ring with the calls of many species of bird and some endemic to Shetland.
Almost of all Britains Red-necked Phalaropes breed on Shetland.
Shetland is surrounded by rich and productive seas which provide food for a greater diversity of marine mammals than found anywhere else in Britain.
Common and grey seals, porpoises, dolphins , minke whales and the impressive killer whales regularly patrol Shetland’s coastline.
The islands also have the highest population of otters in the UK.
With over 5000 archaeological sites spanning 5000 years, wherever you look in Shetland, you’ll be sure to find some interesting remains!
Shetland is a treasure trove of the past, with ancient houses, burial chambers, standing stones, ancient chapels, forts and brochs around every corner.
Recently voted the number 1 visitor attraction in Scotland by the Rough Guide 2006, the iron-age “Mousa Broch” is the only complete broch in the world and is the highest and best preserved broch in Britain.
The Old Scatness Broch and its surrounding ancient buildings is the best preserved iron age village in Britain.
The islands might be well known for their world-class archaeology, however, Shetland’s diverse geology has, until now, been one of Britain's best kept secrets.
Shetland has a most dynamic landscape fashioned by a diverse geology where the spectacular coastline and sea-cliffs contrast dramatically with tranquil voes and sweeping sandy beaches.
Shetland is largely a treeless landscape, with vegetation dominated by heathers, sedges and mosses with the more fertile soils found along the coast and in limestone valleys.
In Summer, carpets of sea-pinks edge the cliffs and further inland wild flowers flourish, from orchids and primroses to the rich velvet of sea champions.
Shetland also has it’s own unique species such as the Edmondstons Chickweed which grows nowhere else in the world!
Walking, cycling, golfing, and a host of maritime activities such as sailing, kayaking, watersports, angling and so on... Shetland has something for everyone.
Leisure centre facilities throughout Shetland and the northern isles are of an exceptionally high standard and well worth a visit.
Arts, Music & Culture
Shetland is situated at equal distances from Bergen in Norway and Aberdeen in Scotland and a combination of cultures is the result. The islands have only been part of Scotland since 1469 and the islands still reflect their Scandinavian heritage in place names and culture.
The worlds largest Fire Festival takes place every January in Lerwick known as the Viking
“Up Helly Aa”.
There are many other festivals and events taking place throughout the year celebrating Shetlands heritage and culture and with exhibitions, live music, story-telling, local regattas, yacht & yaol racing …there’s always something different to experience.
Shetland’s traditional fiddle-based music is world famous with annual celebrations such as the Shetland Folk Festival (April) and the Accordian and Fiddle Festival (October) to name but two.
Come and experience the magic of Shetland for yourself – Britain's best kept secret!
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- Shetland Islands, UK
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