Ferries to Shetland Islands
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Ferries to Shetland Islands

The Shetlands are the most northerly point in Britain, comprising around 100 islands.

The islands are close to Norway and were under Norse rule until 1496, resulting in a Scandinavian resonance in the local accent and place names, such as Hulmalees and Stackaberg.

The exciting wildlife and fascinating prehistoric ruins are what make the Shetlands such an enjoyable holiday destination. In the sea there are whales, otters and seals, whilst on land there are a number of indigenous species such as the Shetland cattle, goose, sheep and the world renowned pony.

The Shetland Museum in Lerwick features everything you need to know about the islands’ 5000 year history, including its fishing industry, mythology and ancient Pictish carvings.

There are a number of Neolithic sites on the Shetlands. One of the most notable is in Sumburgh on Mainland’s south coast, known as ‘Old Scatness’. It is a prehistoric site made up of sandstone tower remains, known as a ‘broch’, dating back to 300BC.

The island of Unst offers one of the Shetlands’ more unusual attractions, a bus shelter like no other. Equipped with a sofa, television and many other home comforts, it's the most impressive and quirky bus stop in Britain.

Unst’s Hermaness Nature Reserve is a must for any birdwatcher. It has the world’s third largest colony of great skuas and a large number of gannets, fulmars, guillemots and puffins.

The island of Fetlar is another hub for bird species. It is home to 90% of the UK’s Red Necked Phalarope population, an extremely rare breeding bird.

There is a ferry route departing from Aberdeen on the Scottish mainland with daily crossings, lasting around half a day.

There is also a faster but less frequent service from Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands.

What is the cheapest ferry to Shetland Islands?

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Which ferries go to Shetland Islands?

Ferries to the Shetland Islands sail from Scotland and the Orkney islands.

Which ferry companies go to Shetland Islands?

There is 1 ferry operator servicing routes to the Shetland Islands called Northlink Ferries.

What are the ferry ports in Shetland Islands?

The main ferry port in the Shetland Islands is Lerwick Port.

How long is the ferry to Shetland Islands?

Ferries to the Shetland Islands can take 8-12 hours depending on the route. The quickest ferry crossing to the Shetland Islands is from Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. This route takes approximately 7 hours with 4 weekly sailings. Ferries from mainland Scotland take 12 hours with 7 weekly sailings.

Shetland Islands reviews

  • "Aberdeen to lerwick trip"

    I was very happy with the trip on the ferry the staff was really freindly and helpful I will definitely be traveling on the ferry again

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  • "Great journey."

    Weather calm on both journeys, thankfully. Everything went smoothly from queuing to arriving at reception to allocation of cabins. Food better than I thought it would be. Staff friendly and professional and willing to listen. Saw a film, which the children enjoyed immensely. Bunks beautifully presented. Bathroom adequate , children frighten of flushing loo. Tea facilities fine. All in all a great experience! Thank you.

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  • "To Shetland and back"

    A pleasant comfortable and uneventful journey, both ways, always the best type.

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  • "Good journey"

    Was very happy with my trip on the ferry, plenty of food and drink available as well as shops to buy newspapers and other things from. Staff were very helpful and were willing to help me get into to the sleeping pod cabin after having trouble getting into the door.

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