About Shetland

Shetland lies 600 miles (960km) north of London. There are more than a hundred islands in the archipelago, just 15 of them inhabited. See Shetland's location on a Google Map.

Shetland exerts a strong pull on those who appreciate nature. The islands have no fewer than four RSPB Bird Reserves and three National Nature Reserves.

Outwith these internationally recognised areas, the rest of Shetland has more than its fair share of wildlife. Otters, puffins, seals and the occasional whale can even be seen within Lerwick harbour.

Learn more about Shetland from shetland.org

Shetland's Visitor Attractions

There is so much to do in Shetland. Some of our personal favourite visitor attractions are as follows:

Seabirds and Seals

Seabirds-and-Seals is an award winning touring company which take people around Bressay and the eastern cliffs of the National Nature Reserve, Noss. These cliffs are home to some of the biggest seabird colonies in the UK.

Storm Petrels at Mousa

The illusive Storm Petrel breeds on the island of Mousa. From late-May to mid-June Mousa Boat Trips offer tours to view this secrative bird. Mousa is well worth a visit at other times of the year too - the island is home to a world-famous pictish broch.

Shetland Geology Tours

The geology of Shetland is as exciting and interesting as its wildlife. Allan Fraser of Shetland Geotours offers a selection of day-tours and walks.

Getting To Shetland

Gettting to Shetland is easier than one might think. We have made it even easier by listing every form of transportation open to the public in our getting here page.

Further Links

The official site for tourism in Shetland
National Nature Reserves Scotland
List of National Nature Reserves
List of RSPB Reserves
List of RSPB Reserves in Scotland