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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
Dress & shoes  (6 Answers)

Hi, I am an Indian, coming to Shetland for 4 days in the end of March. What type of dress and shoes should I bring?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2011
Shetland in September?  (2 Answers)

Hi All
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! :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2011
How to get to Jarlshaf from Lerwick  (4 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2010
What's It Like Living in Lerwick?  (9 Answers)

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?

Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2009
Traffic between Shetland and Faroe islands  (1 Answer)

Hallo, folks!

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2008
Accommodation  (2 Answers)

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:-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2008
public transport around Shetland  (2 Answers)

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?
Many thanks:-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2007
Where Can I Legally Walk in Shetland?  (9 Answers)

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 /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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2007
Shetland Visit In Mid June  (9 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2007
Shetland Folk Festival  (4 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2005
unst  (6 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2004
How much time in Zetland?  (1 Answer)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2004
flights to the Shetlands  (2 Answers)

What airlines fly to the Shetlands ?

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