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Shetland Islands

Shetland, the most northerly part of the British Isles, offers an abundance of wildlife. It is a land shaped by the sea from dramatic, sculpted cliffs to tranquil sandy bays. There are 100s of islands ranging in size from the large island of Mainland to the numerous small skerries and islets along the coast.

Untill 1468 Shetland was Norse but then the islands were mortgaged to Scotland as part of the marriage agreement between the future James III and Princess Margrethe of Denmark. The Scots annexed both Shetland and Orkney in 1472.

Shetland has an atmosphere all of it's own with many remains of the time of the Vikings and a generally bleak undulating landscape. Very attractive in it's own particular way.

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  • This is a personal favourite! (***)
  • A real Scottish highlight! (**)
  • Have a look if you’re in the area. (*)
  • A hefty dollop of imagination is a must. (-)

My very personal selection:

Location: Mousa Harbour / Isle of Mousa / GPS/Map: 59.995169,-1.181705

Location: Burrafirth / Isle of Unst / GPS/Map: 60.812655,-0.877167

Location: Lerwick / Isle of Mainland / GPS/Map: 59.869196,-1.291950

Location: Noss Harbour / Isle of Noss / GPS/Map: 60.150192,-1.046506

And than there are.......

Location: Muness / Isle of Unst / GPS/Map: 60.687322,-0.849969

Location: Lerwick / Isle of Mainland / GPS/Map: 60.155861,-1.152587