Getting to Shetland
From the days when Viking adventurers roamed the North Atlantic, Shetland has been a maritime crossroads, lying almost at the centre of a triangle linking Norway, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. For the Vikings, our islands were the first landfall as they sailed westwards. Today, travellers from many nations arrive by sea or air to find a welcome in the islands.
Find Us on the Map
You may think that Shetland looks remote on the map - we're 600 miles north of London, as far away as Milan or Berlin - but the islands are surprisingly accessible.
Getting to Shetland by Air
There are up to ten daily flights from the UK mainland. You can choose to come through Aberdeen (65 minutes), Inverness (via Kirkwall in Orkney, 100 minutes) Edinburgh (90 minutes) and Glasgow (90 minutes), all connecting with London and other major European cities.
Also, from end of May until end of August 2012 there will be a twice weekly flight between Bergen and Shetland.
You will arrive in Shetland at Sumburgh Airport, 25 miles south of Lerwick. Just next to the exit you will find the visitor and airport information desk . The airport bus to Lerwick takes around 40 minutes and there are hire cars and taxis available at the airport. It can be busy so we advise booking in advance.
- Learn more about getting to Shetland by air.
Getting to Shetland by Sea
Car ferries sail from Aberdeen seven nights a week, year-round, arriving in Lerwick early the following morning. The voyage north aboard these large, comfortable, cruise-style ships makes a relaxing start to your holiday. Cruising up the coast of Shetland on a sunny morning gives a stunning first glimpse of our islands.
The ferries dock at Lerwick ferry terminal, where you'll find a Welcome Point with visitor information. It's a pleasant stroll along the waterfront to the main Visitor Information Centre at the Market Cross in the centre of the old town, less than a mile from the ferry terminal. Trained and knowledgeable staff will be delighted to answer your questions and help you plan the details of your time in Shetland.
- Learn more about getting to Shetland by ferry.
- Learn more about getting to Shetland by yacht.
- Learn more about getting to Shetland by cruise ship.
Shetland is well serviced by tour operators for individual travel specialist packages, or for smaller groups and larger groups. Companies usually have a specialist area or do general interest packages.