About Shetland - General Info

Puffin. Copyright Davy Cooper Puffin. Copyright Davy Cooper Shetland is at the crossroads of the North Atlantic, lying as close to Norway and Faeroe as it is to mainland UK, giving it a unique heritage and culture and a stunning landscape. Shetland was a part of Scandinavia until 1469 and much of this heritage is still evident today, in its place names, archaeology, music, folklore and dialect.

Shetland Museum and Archives. Copyright Phatsheep Photography Shetland Museum and Archives. Copyright Phatsheep Photography Shetland is rich in wildlife; over a million seabirds inhabit the cliffs, inland the hills and moorland host a variety of breeding birds, such as Red Throated Divers, waders and Skuas, and many rare migratory birds are also spotted.  Offshore, whales, dolphins, seals and otters are regularly seen.  Mid summer sees a riot of colour, with numerous wild flowers including species endemic to the isles. 

As well as being world famous for wildlife, Shetland can boast a spectacular geological landscape, and became a member of the EGlobal Geoparks Network supported by UNESCO in September 2009.  Though small in area, Shetland has a huge variety of rocks and geological structures that represent every major period from the Precambrian to the Carboniferous.