Lerwick town, the largest urban settlement in the north Scottish islands. Photo by swifant.
Puffins in a Shetland colony. Photo by Helene Grenier.
Wildlife – particularly birds – are probably Shetlands biggest attraction, with various colonies that are easily accessible, permitting viewing of tens of thousands of Gannets, Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Great Skuas, as well as many other species that are just passing by.
Jarlshof Neolithic village in Shetland. Photo by Rob Glover.
The Shetland archipelago is home to varied ancient Viking relics and a couple of excellent Neolithic settlements. Jarlshof is very similar to Orkney’s Skara Brae.
Shetland also offers good cycling and mountain biking (kit rentable in Lerwick), as well as hiking, sea kayaking, sea or loch fishing (especially trout), three interesting golf courses and many dive sites onto wrecks, caves, natural arches and subterranean passages (summer water temperature around 13C).
Note that north Scotland has very long daylight hours in the summer, even more so in Shetland as light reaches 19 hours per day in midsummer.
A ray of transport sunshine emanating from this personalised bus shelter somewhere in the Shetlands. Photo by Marion McCune.