Fia Cottage

Experience Shetland in comfort

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About Shetland

Location

The Shetland Islands are located off the north coast of Scotland, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea. The 60° north latitude line passes through the south mainland of Shetland, close to Fia Cottage!

Shetland is about 100 miles north of mainland Scotland, and about 225 miles west of Norway. Despite its remote location Shetland is well connected through it’s daily passenger and freight ferry sailings to and from Aberdeen, and regular air links to mainland Scotland.

Shetland is made up of 15 inhabited islands accessible by road, inter-island ferries and bridges – a perfect location for an active family holiday.  “The Mainland” is the largest of the Shetland Islands, with nine smaller inhabited islands around the shores. These islands are Unst, Yell, Fetlar, Skerries, Whalsay, Bressay, Fair Isle, Foula and Papa Stour.

History and Culture

Shetland has a proud and rather unique history. The islands used to be under Scandanavian rule, firstly from Norway after the vikings invaded in the 9th century, and then by Denmark as Norway became increasingly under Danish rule. However during this period there was an increasing influence from Scotland, and the islands finally became officially part of Scotland in 1469 when the King of Denmark gifted the islands to Scotland as part of a wedding dowry when his daughter married James III of Scotland. This has resulted in a unique blend of Scottish and Scandanavian cultures that is celebrated every year with the annualUp Helly Aa viking fire festival.

Nowadays our culture is dominated by our musical traditions, with several music festivals in the Shetland calendar including the Shetland Folk Festival and the Accordion and Fiddle Festival. The Shetland dialect is still spoken by many, with a community group Shetland Forwirds working to preserve the dialect through schools and local events.

Wildlife

Shetland is one of the best places in the United Kingdom to see wildlife, with a variety of permanent residents and migrating wildlife visiting our shores and lands every year. If you enjoy bird watching or wildlife photography Shetland is definitely the place for you! Popular wildlife here include Otters, Killer Whales, Puffins, Sea Birds and of course Shetland Ponies. There are guided tours run by local experts that give you the best chance of seeing some of these fantastic creatures in the wild. Just remember to charge that camera and take plenty of memory cards with you!

The Shetland Climate

Before you consider a holiday in Shetland it’s important to understand the Shetland climate so you know what to expect. The temperature in Shetland remains farily moderate all year round. The surrounding sea generally keeps temperatures between 5°C in the winter and around 15°C in the summer.

Due to the exposed location, Shetland can be quite windy. Even on a nice summer day, there is usually at least a breeze rolling in from the sea.

The latitiude of Shetland means days in the middle of summer enjoy almost perpetual sunlight, known locally as the “simmer dim”.