Whereas they say that the Orcadians (Population of Orkney) mainly farm, and fish a bit, the Shetlanders are known to fish, and farm a bit. Although the 100 islands and islets of Shetland measure about 70 miles in length, there is 900 miles of coastline and a population of 23,000. It is further North than Moscow and further from London than Milan and now is an important centre for the North Sea oil industry. It is a wild and dramatic place but can be visited easily enough by ferry from Aberdeen or Kirkwall using Northlink Ferries. There is much to see for bird-watchers.
The Shetlanders would doubtless have many different views of the most beautiful places to be found in the wild, dramatic and wind-swept corners around the Shetland Islands but some of the more famous names identified by Private House Stays include: Haaf Gruney National Nature Reserve, Hermaness National Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, Black Park Nature Reserve, Elma Johnson's Island Trails, Foula, Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserve, Ness of Burgi, Papa Stour Sea Caves and Unst
There are a number of small museums on the islands and some excellent art galleries servicing an enthusiastic group of local artists. The two we have identified are The North Rock Gallery and Vaila Fine Art. The Museums are linked below and also: Bunzie House, Hanseatic Booth, Old Haa, Quendale Mill, Scalloway Museum, Shetland Textile Working Museum, Tangwick Haa and Unst Heritage Centre and Boat Haven.
Bird-watching in the Shetland can be very rewarding will many rare species visible, there will be many good locations that local residents would better recommend but those identified by Private House Stays include: Haaf Gruney National Nature Reserve, Hermaness National Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, Fair Isle, Loch of Spiggie, Lumbister Nature Reserve, Noss National Nature Reserve and Sumburgh Head RSPB Nature Reserve.
The Shetland Islands have many archaelogical sites that date back to Norse, Pictish, and iron and bronze age. The most significant identified include: Clickhimin Broch & Bronze Age House, Broch of Huxter, Broch of Mousa, Jarlshof Prehistoric And Norse Settlement, Old Scatness Broch Excavations and Stanydale Temple
THere are three Ancient Castles identified in Sheland worthy of consideration: Fort Charlotte, Scalloway Castle and the ruined Muness Castle. A visit to Lunna Kirk is recommended and Marine trips from Cycharters Ltd or Mousa Boat Trips.