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Shetland Islands Holiday: coronavirus information

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Shetland Island Holiday Guide

Explore the Shetland Islands, the most northerly point of Scotland, where islanders experience long, bright nights in summer and the northern lights in winter. This is a place of Celtic magic, and visitors will be entranced by its varied topography, stunning coastlines and warm, friendly people.

About the Shetlands

The Shetland Islands are an archipelago made up of more than 100 islands, with the Mainland, Bressay, Whalsay, Shetland Island, Unst and Yell making up the largest of them. From our map above you can see that these islands lie almost as close to Norway as they do to their Native Scotland, and indeed there are many elements that unite the two nations, primarily the oil industry which supports most of the 23,000 inhabitants of the archipelago.

Stay in the Capital Lerwick

Explore Lerwick, the only place in the Shetlands large enough to bear the moniker of a town. Originally founded by the Dutch, Lerwick has stood for over 400 years, and wears its past in the old town. This picturesque outpost sits in a harbour where you can find working fishing crafts, luxury yachts and historical boats littering the water. Despite its size, Lerwick has a lively night life, a well-established foodie culture and a friendly local atmosphere.

Island Hopping in the Shetlands

There are lots of things to see and do on all of the islands, so island-hopping around the archipelago is a must. Ferries run regularly from the larger islands, and are considered to be very reliable, and journeying by sea is a great way to see the diversity of the landscape.

See Unst, the most northern of the islands is the perfect place for ornithologists and novice bird watchers. Fetlar is south of Unst, and has earned the nickname the ‘Garden of Shetland’ because of its agricultural background and the beauty of gentle rolling pastures. Whalsay, on the eastern coast, has deep roots in fishing but its main draws are its architecturally important Georgian mansions, and its Hanseatic League Museum.

There are the more remote islands, like Fair Isle, Papa Stour, Out Skerries and Foula. The last of which has some of the highest cliffs in the UK, with some reaching over 1,000 feet over sea level. It is considered to be one of the most isolated communities in Britain, but this small island has been inhabited since Neolithic times, spanning between 10,000 BC to 2,000 BC. You can reach these islands by air, and hop on inter-flights to cover the distances in a short time.

Embrace Nature in the Shetlands

There are nature reserves on the islands that are sure to take your breath away, such as the Hermaness National Nature Reserve, rich in marine and bird life. Most famously for its seabirds that cross the two lines between sea and air. See spectacular gannets slice through the air, or small puffins bobble on the surface of the sea, or walk through the moorland and watch the island change from desolate winter to soft machairs.

Expedia’s Tools You Can Use the Shetlands

Browse and book using Expedia and you will find seaside bed and breakfasts, grand Georgian guesthouses, luxury spa hotels, and small, locally run accommodation that are all unique to the islands they inhabit in the greater Shetland area. What’s more, for ease you can book a rental car, or flights through us so planning and booking your holiday is a cinch! Let us help you organise a trip to one of the most spectacular parts of Scotland, so you get the most out of your holiday.


Guide to Exploring Shetland Islands


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Easterhoull Chalets
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Easterhoull Chalets

Easterhoull Chalets

East Voe, Scalloway, Scotland
     
    4.8 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great views, wonderful location, had everything we needed.

    Fort Charlotte Guest House
    Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019
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    Fort Charlotte Guest House

    Fort Charlotte Guest House

    1 Charlotte Street, Lerwick, Scotland
       
      4.9 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent accommodation, hosts and location. Thank you very much

      Decca Apartments £61
      Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020
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      Decca Apartments

      Decca Apartments

      Ladies Drive, Lerwick, Scotland
         
        5.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Owner was very helpful. Well kept apartment close to town with good views.

        Aald Harbour B&B £85
        Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020
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        Aald Harbour B&B

        Aald Harbour B&B

        7 Church Road, Lerwick, Scotland
           
          4.8 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Friendly, clean, good location, comfortable. Great stay!

          Solheim Guest House £96
          Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019
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          Solheim Guest House

          Solheim Guest House

          34 KING HARALD STREET, Lerwick, Scotland
             
            4.7 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Excellent. Very clean and friendly

            Drumquin Guest House
            Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019
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            Drumquin Guest House

            Drumquin Guest House

            Grindwell, Brae, Scotland
               
              5.0 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Well planned and well managed. Many endearing features such as enormous collection of tea pots. Garden with local plants and soil.

              The Moorfield Hotel £130
              Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020
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              The Moorfield Hotel

              The Moorfield Hotel

              Moorfield Ring Road, Brae, Scotland
                 
                4.8 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Moorfield is a well-run hotel - very clean and well-maintained. Rooms are good and the staff is friendly

                Busta House Hotel £126
                Reviewed on 5 Oct 2019
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                Busta House Hotel

                Busta House Hotel

                Busta House hotel, Busta, Scotland
                   
                  5.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Old world elegance, beautiful setting, attentive and friendly staff and incredibly food, especially seafood. With about 400 Scotch single malts, how can one go wrong!

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