Some of Britain's best preserved archaeology is here, at places like Jarlshof and Scatness, a reminder that the islands have seen 5000 years of habitation.
Historic Sites & Monuments
The bird cliffs of Noss, the lighthouse at Muckle Flugga on the islands' northernmost tip, and a visit to Scotland's best preserved broch, Mousa, are some of the sea-going choices.
Lacework and knitting, paintings and jewellery, pottery and woodwork - these are just some of the themes to explore in the range of speciality shops on Shetland.
From the museum in Lerwick to croft and farm museums, woollen mills, and heritage centres, there are many ways to gain an understanding of Shetland’s past.
Museums & Galleries
Lerwick, from the Norse ‘leir vik’ - mud bay, is the Shetland capital. The Dutch used it as a fishing base and Lerwick began life in the 17th century as a trading post.
The highly characteristic Shetland pony may no longer be a vital part of crofting life on Shetland today. Nevertheless they are still kept throughout the islands.