SHETLANDS Lerwick Boat RoofThe Scottish Isles are home to undisputed picturesque landscapes, archaeological sites and sandy white beaches caressed by the shades of blue, green and turquoise of their surrounding seas. Nestling several RSPB reserves and fascinating archaeological sites, the islands enjoy a cool and temperate climate almost all year round, amassing a motley crew of travelers to their shores who seek to explore the more exotic lands of Scotland.

The islands became a part of the Kingdom of Scotland in the 15th century and played a significant naval role in 20th century world wars. Many historical remains are found in the islands, including the four of which are a part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Knap of Howar on the island of Papa Westray and the collective historical sites of The Crucible of Iron Age Shetland, recently (2011) added to the “Tentative List” of possible UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Largely dependent on tourism, the Northern Isles are generally made up of the main islands of Shetland and Orkney and those which are not considered part of the Scottish Highlands. Most of the islands’ names were derived from Old Norse terms and the local peoples’ culture display strong Scandinavian roots and influences which distinct local folklore.
You can hop of one of the Orkney Ferries [Tel. Tel. +44 1856872044] which will take you from Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, to many of the Northern Islands and vice versa on most days of the week.