People have found living space in
Shetland for over 5000 years. The earliest settlers arrived during Neolithic
times and constructed oval, stone walled homes and left many tools and utensils
which can still be seen, studied and explored today.
Settlers during the
Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Picts (and allegedly the Romans) have all
influenced the beautiful Shetland Islands, but none more so than the Vikings,
who came to settle peacefully and raise their families in the abundant
At Jarlshof you can wander amongst the stone dwellings which were
to be their homes for some 200 years. The Vikings, dating back to around 800 AD,
are recent history in Shetland. The Romans knew of the one hundred islands
making up the Shetland Islands as 'Ultima Thule', as they sailed North -
nowadays, modern, comfortable, stabilised ships take you there in style and the
view form the sea of Shetland's rugged coastline makes for the best possible
start to your Island adventure.
Visit Jarlshof, where seven distinct
civilisations can be traced amongst its ancient dwellings; Mousa Broch,
Britain's best preserved Iron Age fort; Scalloway Castle, built by the cruel
Earl Patrick Stewart; or explore the stunning cliff scenery, considered to be
the most beautiful and dramatic in Britain.
Wildlife abounds! - Shetland
is home to Europe's largest colony of otters, tiny ponies roam free and there
are also fabulous seal and seabird colonies to be studied. The angler too will
enthuse over the rich loch and sea fishing available.
experience the warmth of a Shetland welcome as so many have done before
At least 30 minutes prior to sailing
At least 1 hour prior to sailing
Please ensure that you are in possession of a valid travel
ticket before proceeding towards the vessel - available from the Terminal
Please ensure that you exchange your travel ticket for a
boarding card prior to joining the vessel - available at the check-in
Further information regarding the area you intend to
visit, along with an Accommodation Guide can be obtained by contacting one of
the following Area Tourist Boards;
Orkney Tourist Board,
10 Broad Street,
Orkney KW15 1NX.
Tel: (01856) 872856
Shetland Islands Tourism,
10 Market Cross,
Shetland ZE1 0LU.
Tel: (01595) 693434
Aberdeen Tourist Board,
St. Nicholas House,
Aberdeen AB10 1DE.
Tel: (01224) 632727
Caithness Tourist Organisation,
Caithness, KW1 4EA.
Tel: (01955) 602596.