Shetland is the most northerly part of Scotland, located at 60° latitude and lies about 200 miles north of Aberdeen, on mainland Scotland, and is a similar distance from Bergen, on Norway’s west coast.
Ordnance Survey maps of the region will help you get around – we recommend the Explorer series, Nos. 466 - 470. When your booking is confirmed information on the house and how to get here will be posted to you.
There is a daily ferry between Aberdeen and Lerwick, which also calls at Orkney several times a week. The ferry departs in the early evening and arrives at its destination the next morning so you will need to build this in to journey plans. Also consider booking a cabin for the crossing The route is operated by NorthLink Ferries
. It is advisable to book as early as possible especially for journeys in the busy summer months. Please note that from early 2018 prices on the Northlink service will decrease in line with Scottish Government initiatives to help the economies of island communities and encourage tourism.
Flights to Shetland are operated by Loganair
. There are daily flights to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland (LSI) from Aberdeen (60 minutes), Edinburgh or Glasgow (1 hour 15 minutes) and Inverness (1 hour 40 minutes) via Orkney (35 minutes). Loganair also flies from Manchester and a number of other UK destinations; connecting flights can be made to Sumburgh.
You can easily reach Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness from London and other parts of the UK. There are international connections, too. If you’re travelling from or through London, you may wish to note that you can also book your ticket all the way to Shetland through British Airways
, as the Loganair flights into Shetland are code-shared with BA.
Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have many direct flights to other European destinations, allowing you to by-pass London's 'bottleneck' airports.
Aberdeen also has some direct flights from Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Aberdeen has the additional benefit that if there is any disruption to flights it is often possible to transfer to the ferry.