I have always had this urge to visit a serene place with wide open space and fresh air, which was away from the city’s pollution, where I could blend with nature to experience the beauty of the flora and fauna. The Shetland Islands in Scotland is such a place. Apart from this, it is also quite close to the vivacious community; therefore, giving the experience of the best of both worlds.

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There are a range of activities to engage in apart from the calming stroll across the beautiful coast. I saw whales, otters, seals and puffins that reflected the variety of wildlife the place has to offer. The musical talent and artistic creativity is also unique and refreshing.

Exploring the history of Shetland Islands – A rewarding experience

There are over six thousand archaeological sites in Shetland so I found it quite engrossing to search for artistic and ancient treasures from Iron Age brochs to Norse settlements. The Jarslof settlement I think is a must visit for any tourist to Shetland. It is an elegant mix of different periods of history like Neolithic houses, Bronze Age villages, medieval age farmhouses and sixteenth century laird’s house.

Apart from this, Shetland has about a hundred islands that are equally rewarding to explore for their individual laurels. The sixteenth century Muness Castle on Unst, the Bronze Age Finnigert Dyke and the fortified Mousa Broch in Mousa really held my attention. I also saw the reconstructed Shetland house that now serves as a museum with life size exhibits.

Treat to the eyes

The St Ninian’s Isle Tombolo, a patch of white sugary sand with lucid water on each side is a beautiful place. Here stands the twelfth century St Ninian church that contained the treasury of Pictish artefacts. The Meal and the West Voe quench the tourists’ thirst for beaches giving ideal spots for swimming and fun alongside the shore. The Fethaland beach I heard is known to contain a prehistoric broch.

I also saw the narrow and impenetrable cave Holl o Bordie which is famed to one of the longest in the world, stretching almost three hundred metres. The rare plant species of sea plantain and roseroot along with the wildlife wealth of puffins and gannets also catch the eyes. The two thousand year old Clikimin Broch in the island of Loch of Clikimin can be easily reached and the main attraction is the mystery behind the footprints on the ramp approaching the broch.

The Shetland Islands were fun to explore and it was an experience that I will treasure.

Ailean, London


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