Dreaming of a luxury cottage break in a peaceful remote location? For something truly remote, Shetland could be ideal. Located more than 100 miles from the Scottish mainland, to the North East of Orkney, the Shetland Isles promise tranquillity, naturally beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. The islands are home to a huge array of wildlife, beautiful bird species and stunning flora and fauna, making them the ideal retreat for wildlife enthusiasts or nature lovers. Enjoy watching the seals play on the shore or take a whale and dolphin watching cruise off the coast. The Shetland Islands have been carved and shaped by ice; the geology here is so fascinating that the islands are regarded as a global Geopark with awe-inspiring wildlife and nature. Unspoilt beaches and a generous coastline await you. Picture beaches that you may get to enjoy all by yourself and walking by the sea with just the sound of gulls in the sky.
The Shetlands is also home to a fantastic dialect, interesting place names, world-renowned traditional music and wonderful locally produced foods. The Shetland Isles offer visitors taking a luxury break a unique experience, as there is nowhere else quite like it. Over 100 small islands make up Shetland but the vast majority are uninhabited. The main inhabited islands are the mainland, Yell, Unst, Fetlar, Whalsay, Foula and the Fair Isle, each with its own charms.
In terms of interesting places to visit, the Shetland Islands boast some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe such as the Brock on the uninhabited island of Mousa, the famous Jarlshof, The Bressay Stone and the Viking Unst Project. The Shetland Islands is a great place to enjoy an active holiday, you are free to walk much of the heathery hills and the wonderful coastline of the islands. There are also some great cycle routes, fantastic golf courses and of course excellent trout fishing. You will also find dingy sailing is very popular in the Shetlands as well as diving, if you can take the chilly waters.
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A luxury cottage break in Shetland could be ideal for those looking to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing break away. With uninhabited islands where birds rather than humans live, it is also pretty much a guaranteed great choice for keen birdwatchers. Wildlife watchers too should not be disappointed.
Whale watching and seal watching boat trips operate from Shetland. Visit in winter time and you may even be lucky enough to see the visual spectacular that is the Northern Lights, although sightings can’t be guaranteed.
Whether you opt to stay in a luxury lodge or a luxury cottage have a relaxing time in the Scottish Shetland Isles.