As well as being the most northern point in the UK, the Shetland Islands are one of the most beautiful places that we have to offer. Although only 16 are inhabited, Shetland consists of around 100 individual islands, so the scenery is truly diverse.
This magnificent archipelago of wind, salt, and rock is a must-visit for nature lovers. For one, there’s plenty of wildlife to be seen here. The Shetland Islands are a famed birdwatching hub where you can spot a whole host of species like puffins and razorbills.
But it’s not only birds that you need to keep your eyes peeled for; the Shetland Islands have the highest density of otters of anywhere in Europe. In fact, ‘otter tours’ (where a guide will show you them in their natural habitat) are a popular tourist attraction. You can even spot orcas off the coast, though sightings are relatively rare.
However, the geography of the Shetlands is just as impressive as its fauna. With around 1,000 miles of coastline, there are endless beaches and coves to discover, all of which will have a different, charged magic depending on the time of day you visit and what the weather’s like.
You never know, you could even see the Northern Lights on your visit (or ‘Mirrie Dancers’, as locals call them). Though they’re pretty elusive, so it’s best not to plan your trip around it.
To find out more about what the Shetland Islands have to offer, you can take a look at the Shetland.org website.