"Shetland Islands - History and Nature Together" Top 5 Page for this destination Shetland by kathymof

Shetland Travel Guide: 195 reviews and 479 photos

The Shetlands are the most northerly group of islands in Great Britain. It is composed of about 100 islands and about 15 of these are inhabited. Ferries link many of the islands but reservations are a must. The locals laugh when they say they have 20,000 residents and 230,000 sheep. They are not kidding. But there are also lots of Shetland Ponies, sea birds and sea life. In many ways the Shetlands have closer cultural ties to Norway than to Great Britain. They featured heavily in the underground movement during WWII with their participation in what has come to be known as the "Shetland Bus". It is a great place to combine a love of archaeology and nature. Local history goes back several millennia and birding is out of this world.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Full of natural beauty, wildlife and archaeology
  • Cons:If you don't like the pros, there isn't much for you here
  • In a nutshell:Beauty, wildlife and friendly people
  • Last visit to Shetland: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 24, 2005
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  • cpiers47's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    This looks like a marvelous place! Thanks for all the details and great tips.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    That's nice if the Shetland ponies are all over the isalnd, must be a stunning sight...will keep this place in mind...

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2009 at 5:54 AM

    Hi, Kathy! Thanks for your story!

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Wonderful tips. Looks a lot like the Aleutians but with better looking horses. Birthday greetings from Alaska!

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Excellent, well-written tips. I am not a birder but I do like wildflowers. Shetland really is my kind of place! Maybe I have a genetic connection.

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    wow I love birds.. looks like a wonderful place

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Kathy, this is an absolutely wonderful page! I've always wanted to go to Shetland, but you know there are so many places to visit...maybe one day. Happy Birthday from Finland!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2007 at 3:58 AM

    Fantastic :-)) Yes, I also should go to the Scotish islands one day and Shetlands are about my places :-) And if I even can see these cute puffins :-) Marvellous plants ! And I had a good laugh about poor Kamakazi sheep.

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Incredible scenery. Nice and unpopulated, too...sounds like my kind of place. Love all of the old abandoned churches and cemetaries, etc.

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    What a place!Check out my sister's blog on my homepage and her photos of The Outer Hebrides and St Kilda.You might like that area too.Diana.

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