Things To Do

Shetland is renowned for its scenery, geology, archaeology, wildlife and musical heritage. There is plenty for you to explore and enjoy while you are here.

Walking - There are many spectacular walks in Shetland. Visit the official walking in Shetland website.

Birdwatching - Shetland boasts spectacular seabird colonies that few places could even begin to rival. The seas that surround the islands are extremely rich fishing grounds and thus attract thousands of seabirds to breed during the summer months.  Shetland's isolated position also acts as an important crossroads for migratory species.

Fishing - Try fishing in some of the most unspoilt waters in the UK!  With over 300 lochs to choose from, Shetland is the ideal place for fishing. Sea angling is also well catered for with local angling trips. You can even charter a sea angling boat for the day. For further information, check out the Visit Shetland angling page.

Sea Mammals - Shetland has the greatest variety of marine mammals and the highest otter population in Britain because it is surrounded by seas which are rich in food. Species which are regularly seen are: killer whales, porpoises, dolphins, common and grey seals and minke whales. For more information see Visit Shetland.

Archaeology - As Shetland doesn’t have a high population and hasn’t been over-developed, the archaeology is truly spectacular. There are over 5000 sites, some of which go back 5000 years. For further details Visit Shetland.

Geology - Shetland has a diverse geology. There are tours available here

Botany - Shetland has around 400 species of flora. Some of these are unique to Shetland. Further details can be found at Shetland Heritage.

Activities - Shetland has a host of activities available: kayaking, watersports, sailing, angling, walking, cycling, golfing, etc. There is always something going on in the music and arts scene in Shetland. To find out what is happening when you visit, look at the What's On diary.