Trondra | Calum Toogood

Island intro

The island of Trondra, linked to Mainland Shetland by bridge,

Ask an Islander

Islander Martin Turner tells us what makes living at 60 North so special.

“One of the best things is the community feeling you get from living here. People are friendly and you can always rely on them for help. Being surrounded by such beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife also makes island living so special.”

For hikers, Martin tells us about the island’s best walk. “I think walking around the whole island is the best walk, it’s possible to walk around the whole island in just a few hours. Following the coast all the way around the island is one of my favourite things to do, beachcombing as I go. The wildlife you see on the way can also be really exciting.”

For something a bit different to explore, Martin shares one of the island’s hidden gems. “Something often missed on the island would be the Trondra shipwreck – ‘The Fruitful Bough,’ a fishing boat that was wrecked many years ago. Apart from being interesting to explore, it’s also situated on a tiny shale beach that is warm and quiet on a sunny day.” – the perfect spot for an island picnic!”

As for winter, Martin shares his favourite experience of island life in winter. “Winter on the island can bring some pretty exciting weather, with strong southernly winds. Watching a storm approach, making its way up the voe, (sound) is one of my favourite things to do.”

Getting Here

You can reach Trondra via a bridge from Mainland Shetland. Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

The number 5 bus from Scalloway on Mainland Shetland to West / East Burra travels the length of Trondra’s main road. The bus connects at Blydoit with Service 4 from Lerwick.

Explore More

Want to find out more about Trondra and explore more of our amazing islands?

Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to:

  • discover your perfect island match,
  • find out about the experiences each island has to offer,
  • collect passport stamps for the islands you visit,
  • find information on accommodation, travel and island amenities.

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.
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