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Shetland is a particular mix of Scottish and Scandinavian heritage, an astonishing archipelago of more than 100 islands, located 100 miles north of Scotland. It is the Northest territory in the United Kingdom, situated in the middle of a triangle made by Norway, Feroe Islands and Scotland. You will come across ancient history, beautiful landscapes, diverse geology, remarkable wildlife, famous archaeological sites and many festivals and events. Although it is made of more than 100 islands, only 15 of them are populated. The Shetland Islands are, in fact, closer to Norway than Scotland, and each of them has a different beauty.
Shetland’s pantry is full of delicious flavours produced by both sea and land. There is a selection of quality produce, from smoked salmon and lobster to juicy lamb and beef meat, and you will discover all of them in the menus of the restaurants. The sea provides familiar types of fish and shellfish, such as halibut, haddock, lobster, crab and mussels. You can purchase fresh local produce at the local markets, and you get to meet the producers, as well. But if you want to try out a restaurant after a long day of visiting and sightseeing, you will have a delicious experience. Chefs across the islands will spoil you with fantastic menus and dishes made with the best local produce. Here are some of the best restaurants on the islands: Braewick Cafe, Hays Dock Cafe Restaurant, Scalloway Hotel, The Bay Brasserie and Frankie’s Fish & Chips.
You might be travelling to discover the wildlife or to escape the rush of the city. You will find it very easy to pick your accommodation from a variety of hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, hostels, cottages and campsites. The accommodation includes gracefully restored buildings and award winning properties. The top rated units in the Shetland Islands are Queens Hotel, Kveldsro House Hotel, Spiggie Hotel, Sumburgh Hotel, The Grand Hotel, The Lerwick Hotel. Also, check out Valley B&B, Bo’s B&B, Northern Lights Holistic Spa, Shalders, Gladstone Terrace B&B, Vadsdal B&B, Glen Orchy House, Lerwick Hostel.
There are plenty things to see in the over 100 islands of the archipelago and just as much interesting activities to do. The region offers the option of engaging in fun outdoor activities, set in memorable settings. With its impressive coastline, there is no wonder that Shetland is the playground to several watersports: sea kayaking, diving, surfing. If you like cycling, grab your bike and discover Shetland by paddling. The bike gives you access to many attractions, unlike the car.
There are several tours you can take, including the ones that cover the Mainlands and Whalsey. Shetland is a perfect spot for angling and trout fishing, maybe one of the best in Europe. This is a thing you should try, whether you are a solitary fisherman, travelling with friends who share the same hobby, or you are on a relaxing family holiday. Shetland takes walking to a whole new level. No matter where you are in the region, you will never be more than 5 km away from the sea, and you will see dramatic coastline and cliffs almost everywhere you look. It may sound funny, but the landscapes, the hills and the paths on the islands offer some of the best walking in world. You can discover routes, admire the flora and fauna and the historic places.
Now let’s focus on the real historic stuff. Visit the museums, the archaeological sites, castles and ruins and discover tales of the ancestors. Take a look at these: Jarlshof Prehistoric & Norse Settlement, Quendale Watermill, Scalloway Museum, Fort Charlotte, Shetland Museum and Archives. Don’t miss Up Helly Aa Exhibition, Shetland Crofthouse Museum, Old Haa, Unst Heritage Centre, Whalsay Heritage and & Community Centre.
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