Fetlar | Yolanda Bruce

About

The smallest of Shetland's three 'north isles' is known as the 'garden of Shetland' because of its green and fertile landscapes. There is a wealth of wildlife including birds, seals and otters, beautiful flowers and unique geology to see on the island, as well as historical sites and an award-winning beach.

Famous For

  • Red-necked phalaropes - one of Britain's rarest breeding birds - which can be seen on the RSPB reserve at Mires of Funzie.
  • An array of interesting historic sites including a stone circle, cairns, and a Viking boat burial, which featured on TV's 'Time Team’.
  • A rich culture of stories and folklore. The Fetlar Interpretive Centre has extensive recordings of many stories told by Jeemsie Laurenson, a well-known local storyteller and man of legendary strength.

Ask an Islander

  • Local tradition says Gruting in Fetlar was the site of the first Norse landing in Shetland - although Haroldswick in neighbouring Unst may dispute this. What is certain is that Fetlar has been inhabited for at least 5,000 years.
  • Fetlar has a fascinating geology, including rare relics of oceanic crust called ophiolites.
  • One of Fetlar's more unusual buildings is the 19th-century folly, a distinctive roundhouse that sits in the valley at Gruting. It was built by the laird, Sir Arthur Nicolson as a summer house.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Fetlar accommodation

Shetland Visitor accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Fetlar at the links below

Fetlar

Promote Shetland

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


You will need to travel via Mainland Shetland and Yell to reach Fetlar. Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

Once you are on Mainland Shetland, take the ferry operated by Shetland Ferries from Toft to Ulsta on Yell. Bus connections (Service 24Y) are available from here to Gutcher where Shetland Ferries operates a service to Fetlar.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.