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What to See in Shetland in Scotland

What to See in Shetland in Scotland (1)

Last year I cruised a lot around Northern Europe and I made it to the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

The Shetland Islands are located in the North Sea and are around 170 kilometres (110 miles) north of mainland Scotland.

We went to Lerwick which is the capital and has the largest settlement. It has a population of 6,958 and about half of the total population of 23,167 of the Shetland Islands live within 16 kilometres (10 miles) of the town.


The Shetland Islands are made up of about 100 islands, but less than 20 are inhabited. Lerwick is Britain’s most northern town and is roughly the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska.

The Shetland Islands were not always part of Scotland they were part of Norway. They were given to James III of Scotland as a wedding dowry in the 15th century.

Welcome to Shetland

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While we were there we were blessed with rain! It was sunny for all of five minutes and that was our heat wave!

I know at the time in the South of England they had high temperatures, but they did not reach Shetland! I had my umbrella and coat on again!

The town of Lerwick is small but quaint. There are small streets with shops and pubs.

It little out of the town centre is the Shetland museum, some restaurants and a cinema. All within walking distance.

I went to the Shetland museum (free entry) which shows the history of the Shetland Islands and how they survived years ago to how the modern life has changed everything.

The biggest crime in Shetland a hundred years ago was stealing clothes! Which you would be sent to prison for!

The museum was very interesting and it makes you realise how much we have evolved in technology and transport.

Shetland Museum

We ate in the museum restaurant, the food was lovely, I had the fish cakes.

Also worth a visit to is the Shetland Soap Company shop that sells lovely handmade soaps. The Shetland Soap Company is part of COPE Ltd, a Shetland-based social enterprise company that supports adults with disabilities to fulfil their expressed need to participate in productive businesses. They are in the main shopping area of town.

The Shetlands Islands are beautiful and are very green, due to all the rain. It is a lovely place to visit for a day.

Essential Info

  • Weather: Summer months 5*C – 15*C and more than likely to rain!
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Bring an umbrella and wear a rain jacket
  • Wear layers, I live in my North Face zip up jacket as you can wear layers underneath and wear a rain jacket over the top.

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

What to See in Shetland in Scotland

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26 thoughts on “What to See in Shetland in Scotland

  1. I have always wanted to visit this part of the world…but the rain scares me quite much!:)
    Everyone seems to be wearing rain boots and rain coats in the pictures. But perhaps, we might be lucky! I hope you had fun inspite the rain.

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  2. This is great. Scotland is my favorite country and the one I’ve explored the most, but I still haven’t been to the Shetland Islands. I really want to go for Up Helly Aa, if I can afford it. Otherwise, this is simply a great guide for whenever I go

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  3. Did you also see any Shetland ponies while you were there? I’ve never been, but I’ve seen photos of these adorable horses and I’d go just for the chance to see them! I’d love to visit in fall or even winter since the Northern Lights can sometimes be visible in the island too.

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  4. I love the packing essentials, it’s so typical of Scotland to rain! Although it’s so beautiful it’s worth visiting the country even with the thoughts of rain damping holidays. Shetland lives up to the beautiful Scottish landscape!

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  5. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland and the Shetland Islands look so pretty! I would be interested in visiting the Shetland museum and it’s nice it has free entry! That’s a funny story about the biggest crime being stealing clothes back in the day–I suppose if it got chilly it could get to be a problem, but prison sounds a bit much, lol!!

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