I am traveling to UK and Scotland in Sept this year with my 3 year old and was wondering if it would be a good idea to venture out to Shetland at this time. We would be very excited to see some sealife and take a cruise, however I was wondering if the timing was way off? Looking forward to any help I can get on the same! Thanks in advance! :-)
We will be in Lerwick for one day with a cruise ship. We would like to visit the ruins but at the moment the tours are book.
Is there a local tour company that we can contact to give us a tour of these ruins? And if so what is the timing and cost?
Will be arriving on cruise ship on 7th June, and would like to know how to get to Jalshaf. Are there any buses? if not any other waysto get there?. Should have from 8.00-5.00. Many thanks for any help, Von.
Hi, I am hoping that you will be able to help me plan our day in Lerwick. Is there enough to do in the town to spend the whole day? Are there van tours that a group of 3 could pick up in town? Is it a distance from the cruise pier to town? I have difficulty walking distances, so I would like to know. Any particular sights not to miss? What about shopping? I like to buy items that represent the culture and the country I am visiting, especially Christmas ornaments and decorations - any suggestions? What should we expect the weather to be like at the beginning of September? I am sure there are other questions I would like to ask, so I might log in at a later date. Thank-you for taking the time to answer my questions. LC
I'm sick to death of the (in my book) roasting summer temperatures we have to endure on mainland Britain these days - and for years now I've been looking enviously at the much, much lower temperatures shown for Shetland on the TV weather maps. But really how realistic is it to pack up and move to Lerwick?
I'm 6'5" tall with size 13 feet, so I'm worried that I wouldn't be able to buy clothes and shoes in Lerwick. I'm also worried that mail-order clothing companies might not be prepared to mail to offshore locations like Shetland. Then there's the question of whether there's any brain-refreshing culture to be had, other than pub culture. And do you have to fly to a major Scots city whenever you need anything that isn't run-of-the-mill? And are electricity, gas and petrol way expensive or not? Etc., etc., etc.
Care to shed some light? Anyone?
As fas as I know, currently Shetland do not have any air or sea links with Faroe islands. However, maybe there are, i.e., private yachts (or boats) who +/- regularly cross the sea with passengers in that particular route? Or any small local planes? Any ideas appreciated.
I'm planning my trip to Faroes and would gladly include Shetland, too, if it would be possible to avoid time and money consuming transit from Faroe to Shetland via UK (or anybody else's) mainland.
Hi, another question, this time about accommodation.......I will be traveling alone and was wondering if there is an abundance of cheap hostels, private rooms etc on the Shetlands, especially in small villages?
I like the idea of just being able to turn up somewhere and find a place to stay without prebooking.
Is this sometimes possible? I will be travelling in June/July. Maybe a good idea to bring a tent in case I get stuck with no room?
Thanks for your help:-)
I am planning to visit the Shetland islands this summer, and would love to see some of the more remote areas, small villages and beaches.
I will be relying on public transport though as I dont have a drivers license.
Is there an extensive and frequent bus service on the islands that would allow me to see a lot of the islands?
And the ferries? Are they regular and have bus connections?
As an England-dweller who's used to waymarked footpaths and bridleways, I always find Scotland a bit of a headache. Ordnance Survey maps tell the walker nothing and even miss out paths which do exist on the ground. I'm poring over the 4 Shetland sheets in the 1:50,000 Landranger series and not learning anything at all.
The big rugged open spaces in the North and Northwest of Mainland Shetland (and the north of Yell and Unst) look really good walking country, but how do I know where I can walk without risking a "git orf my land" incident? And how do I know whether the many streams which head seawards via cliffs and reefs are crossable?
Then again, public transport to the tempting areas appears to be almost non-existent. Do Postbuses exist which aren't shown in the www.shetland.gov.uk/transport portal? If so, where do I find the details and timetables?
And are there any good quality books explaining how to negotiate the various wilder zones of Shetland?
Many thanks for your help.
I am off to Shetland mid June. I am visiting some people, but am determined to do some exploring. Unst & Lerwick are definitley on the agenda. Anyone got any recommendations for 'Must Sees' in Shetland, or know of anything special going on at this time?
Thinking about making the trip up this year, managed to talk a few mates into it. A folk festival on a remote Northerly isle is right up my street.
Anyone ever been? Any tips?
Probably gonna get the Northlink ferry from Aberdeen on the Wednesday night. Does it get busy? Will accomodation be an issue? Probably be camping and would just hope to turn up without booking anything.
Does anyone know how many existent cemeteries there are on Fair Isle? Has anyone surveyed the memorial stones or are there records of those who are buried? I am a descendant of some of those who left in the 1830s and would very much appreciate any information.
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has anybody any information about unst in the shetland isles, and which are the closest islands to it. How do we travel there from South Australia? thanks for your info. Pat
Dear friends, Currently I'm planning my summer holidays. This will be 3 weeks in Aug/Sep. My eye is on Zetland, but I'm not sure how much time to spend there. Since my travel arrangements would involve ferry trips from Amsterdam-Newcastle and Aberdeen-Lerwick, a combination Highlands/Shetland would be possible. I would go by car so I'm not dependent on public transport. Furthermore I'm an early bird, so the day would be used effectively. My query: what ratio Highlands/Zetland would you suggest and WHY? Many thanks in advance, Gerard
What airlines fly to the Shetlands ?
HOW MANY MILES FROM LERWICK SHETLAND TO KILMARNOCK
Would like to hear from any other VT'ers that have been to this fantastic Island in the Atlantic!