One of the Scottish counties in the far north-west of Scotland, which covers the Shetland Isles. Chief towns are Lerwick, Scalloway, and Baltasound.
Situated approximately 150 miles north-east of mainland Scotland in the North Atlantic, and consisting of a mainland and some 100 other smaller islands including Yell, Unst, Fetlar, Bressay, and Fair Isle, home of the woolly jumper.
The Shetland isles have some of Britain's most spectacular scenery and are also widely regarded as one of Europe's most varied seabird and wildlife sites. Grey seals and whales can be seen off the coast. On the downside, it's an isolated, quiet place with a large elderly population, and can be dull if you grow up there. I had a friend there, who was a brilliant guitarist: he said it was because there was nothing else to do..