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Shetland Isles Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in Shetland Isles.

About Shetland Isles

Shetland Ponies, Shetland

Shetland, or Zetland, is an archipelago of 100 islands located to the northeast of Scotland. The economy is largely based on fishing, oil and ranching. Visitors arrive to the islands via the airport in Sumburgh, Mainland or by the extensive ferry transportation system. Lerwick is the capital of Shetland and contains the 18th century Fort Charlotte, around which the town was built. The islands have been inhabited for thousands of years as evidenced by numerous archaeological and historical sites, including Jarlshof.

Situated along the southern tip of Shetland Mainland, the large Jarlshof site contains artefacts and structures of civilization built on top of civilization dating from the Bronze Age to medieval times. Old Scatness, located on the southern Mainland, is another destination to witness living history. Both areas house ancient brochs, wheelhouses and roundhouses, in addition to exhibits representing the lifestyles and cultures of the various peoples.

On the eastern corner of the most northerly island of Unst, lies the remains of Muness Castle. Construction began on the Z-shaped structure in the late 16th century for Laurence Bruce, an immigrant nobleman, who became sheriff of Shetland. Only two of the once three storied walls remain, along with the diagonally opposing towers. A family crest and poem adorn the entrance and a medieval kitchen, stone fireplaces, passageways, staircases, and great hall are some of the structures found inside.

Attractions & Heritage Sites within Shetland Isles

1. Hermaness National Nature Reserve - Unst, Shetland Isles, ZE2 9EQ

Hermaness National Nature Reserve is located 5 miles from Baltasound on Britain's most northerly point. Home to more than 100,000 seabirds which include the Puffin and Red-Throated Diver.

2. Shetland Museum - Lerwick, Shetland Isles, ZE1 0WP

Nowhere else can you hear the story of Shetland Islands more clearly than you do at the Shetland Museum. This building houses a collection of artifacts.

3. Yell Museum - Yell, Shetland Isles, ZE2 9AY

The Old Haa at Burravoe, often referred to as the Yell Museum, was constructed in 1672 and opened as a museum in 1984. This museum houses a vast display of materials and artifacts.

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Towns and Villages in Shetland Isles

Shetland Isles has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Lerwick - became the capital of the Shetland Islands in 1708... More...

Useful Contact Information for Shetland Isles

Lerwick Tourist Information Centre
Market Cross, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LU
Tel No: 01595 693434

Sumburgh Airport Tourist Information
Sumburgh Airport, Wilsness Terminal, Sumburgh, Shetland, ZE3 9JP
Tel No: 01595 693434