Well known to ancient Norse mariners, the Shetland Isles offer a fascinating cruising ground for today's less warlike sailors. Although rugged to some the almost treeless landscape offers a multitude of wonderful anchorages. Distances within the Shetland Islands are not great and there are some 120 different islands to explore, but some of the more remote anchorages are shallow enough to be more suited to smaller craft. The wide variety of scenery on offer means that, no matter the size of craft, there will be more than enough of interest to ensure that one visit will certainly not be enough. In addition to the natural attractions, one of the most compelling reasons for making the effort to reach the Northern Isles is the phenomenal welcome that the Islanders reserve for visiting yachts and their crews.
Apart from day sailing boats that are either hauled ashore, or that can return to one of the many marinas each night, any visiting boat must be well equipped. The distances involved in a boat getting to the Shetland Islands on its own bottom tend to ensure that only boats suitable for extended offshore passages are seen cruising here. The weather, even in summer is subject to rapid change, and winds that are predominantly a little stronger than may be more common further South, can also bring fog as well as accompanying larger seas.
MAINLAND, EAST COAST
MAINLAND, WEST COAST