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By Air:

  • Flights into Shetland's Sumburgh Airport are available from many British Mainland airports, via Aberdeen. From Sumburgh it will probably be necessary to hire a car and travel on overland to Unst, as Ordale Airport (near Baltasound, on Unst) is now closed.

  • When booking air travel, it is wise to also obtain information from a local Shetland travel agent such as Shetland Travelscope; their familiarity with the route can only be to your advantage. They are fully aware of the complex pricing structures on these routes, and can often obtain cheaper fares than other travel agents for the same flights.

By Sea:

  • Northlink Ferries operate the daily (overnight) Ro-Ro ferry service from Aberdeen, direct to Lerwick or via Orkney. Smyril Line also connects Shetland (via Lerwick) with Scandinavia, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

Getting about in Shetland:

  • Car hire is available from Lerwick companies such as Bolt's and Star Rent-A-Car, and may also be available from P & T Coaches at Baltasound on Unst.

  • Travel from the Shetland Mainland to Unst is straightforward, with frequent inexpensive Ro-Ro ferries operating between the islands. Timetables for these services are available from the Shetland Tourist Information office in Market Square, Lerwick (tel: 01595-693434), and direct online from the Shetland Islands' Ferries webpage.

  • Guided tours of Unst can be booked with Qualified Shetland Tour Guide Sarah McBurnie at See Shetland Tours; she can be contacted either through her webpage link, or through the Shetland Tourist Information office in Market Square (tel: 01595-693434).

  • Other Mainland companies such as Leask's also offer coach tours of the islands.

  • There are rural bus services (including a service between Sumburgh Airport and Lerwick) and a daily bus service between Lerwick and Unst. Click here for up-to-date public transport timetables.

  • Shetland also has many taxi services.