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A world where
wildlife is truly wild, where otters and seals play in quiet coves,
and the air is full of the sound of wild birds, crowding the jagged
cliffs in huge and noisy colonies.
Being in Shetland is unlike being anywhere else, a fact that's
evident from our unique culture, our dialect, our heritage, even
our place names.
The beautiful and dramatic ice carved landscape is steeped in
treasures of history that go back over 6,000 years.
Here are some facts about the Shetland Islands:
Although only 15 are inhabited. The largest is called the
Mainland and contains the Shetlands' capital Lerwick, which was
built by smugglers.
The 'Up-Helly-Aa' festival is a traditional Shetland festival
held on the last Tuesday in January. It's the largest fire festival
in the world and ends with a long procession through the streets
of Lerwick that features the burning of a replica Viking galley.
Only men can take an active part in the celebrations.
The earliest recorded name for the Shetland Islands was
'Inse Catt', which means Islands Of The Cat People.
Haggamuggie is an unusual speciality dish of the Shetland
Islands that resembles haggis. It consists of the stomach of a
large fish, stuffed with chopped fish liver and oatmeal. The ends
are tied and it's boiled in salted water.
The legendary 'Njuggle' is an evil water creature that's
said to entice Shetland Islands people into the lochs and burns.
It appears in many forms, however, it's favourite is a gentle
looking horse. When people try to ride it, it plunges into the
water to drown it's rider. 'The legend of the Njuggle' helped
to stop young children from playing near water after dark.
The Shetland Islands were once physically connected to
Scandinavia up until the end of the last Ice Age, approx 8000
BC. It's believed that the Shetland pony is related to ancient
On the 30th May 1903 the crew of a Shetland fishing boat
allegedly witnessed a shocking sight near Burra Isle, a 30 foot
monster rising out of the water. The crew and boat were undamaged,
but ten of the boat's nets were destroyed.
Robert Louis Stevenson's father designed the lighthouse
on the Shetland Island of Sumburgh, one of 97 his family built
around Scotland. The author allegedly got the idea for 'Treasure
Island' after staying in the lighthouse.
The Shetland Islands were part of Denmark until 1469 when
they were given as a gift to Scotland as part of the dowry for
the King Of Denmark's daughter.
On the 1st January 1992 the wind in the Shetlands was measured
at 194 miles per hour, which was the fastest wind speed recorded
in the UK.
Here are just
some places to visit in and around The Shetlands:
Shetland Islands ZE2 9EF
Sumburgh Virkie Shetland
Shetland Islands ZE3 9JN
Fort Charlotte Market Street Shetland
Shetland Islands ZE1 0JN
Beach of Houbie Fetlar Shetland
Shetland Islands ZE2 9DJ
Lerwick ZE1 0DJ