Shetland

Inksters have a visiting base in Lerwick and have been marketing properties for sale for clients in Shetland since 1999. Shetland properties as well as appearing on this website also appear on Inksters' dedicated Shetland Estate Agency website: shetlandproperty.com.

With the mainland of Shetland being about 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland the islands are situated in the remote far north and sandwiched between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.  The 60 degree north line of latitude passes through the southern part of the Shetland mainland.  Norway is about 225 miles to the east of Shetland and the Faroe Islands are about 228 miles to the north west.

The remote group of over 100 islands (only 15 of which are inhabited) is a paradise for nature lovers.  You are likely to see otters, seals and an abundance of birds.  On a clear winter evening you will stand a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis (the northern lights).

Occupied for at least 5,000 years there is a rich history of ancient settlements.  Visit Jarlshof for examples of the progress of housing in Shetland from the Stone Age, through the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish, Norse and Medieval eras, up to to the 1600s.  Mousa Broch is the best preserved example in Scotland of a 2,000 year old Iron Age tower, or broch.  The history of Shetland can be followed in the new Shetland Museum and Archives.

With its Scandinavian influences and unique dialect you may feel that you have left Scotland completely.  Especially, if you experience Up-Helly-Aa (the Viking fire festival) in Lerwick or at one of the smaller ones held in many of the Shetland communities during the winter months from January onwards.

In the summer it hardly gets dark with midsummer being called the simmer dim.  Many events take place such as agricultural shows and regattas.  The Johnsmas Foy showcases music, art, sport, and food.

Music is part of the life of Shetland with the traditional fiddle playing being world renowned.  Catch some musical highlights at the Folk Festival, Blues Festival or Fiddle & Accordian Festival.

Sample native Shetland lamb, organic salmon, fresh haddock, rope-grown mussels and croft grown vegetables.  The first Shetland Food Festival was held in 2008 and looks set to become an annual event.

Shetland is also a thriving business community with traditional industries of fishing, crofting and knitting and more modern ones such as the oil industry, wind farming and tourism.

As VisitShetland say “There’s a different world waiting for you in Shetland”.