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Up Helly Aa, incredible landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, Mainland Shetland really does have it all!
At 60 degrees north, the archipelago is surprisingly accessible with regular flights from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Orkney and Manchester courtesy of Loganair, and you can also take the overnight ferry from Aberdeen with Northlink Ferries.
Islander and local photographer, Gary Buchan told us more about his home islands:
“Winter brings many challenges with it but, on the upside, there can be dramatic skies, glorious sunsets/sunrises. And, of course, the bad weather can bring some seriously dramatic seascape imagery.”
"The wildlife here is spectacular, with otters, orca, Humpback Whales, a half dozen different species of dolphin, Pilot Whales, many different species of birds. The list goes on!"
"My favourite time of year has to be Summer. With the arrival of thousands of seabirds to the clifftops, Orca all around the coast, wall to wall sunshine, up to 18 hours of daylight and so many great events with music and food, Summer on Mainland Shetland has so much on offer for locals and visitors alike."
If you fancy seeing Shetland for yourself, why not plan your trip? You can find heaps of information as well as travel guidance at https://www.shetland.org/.