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The magic of Shetland - Islands at the Edge

ellisoconnorellisoconnor VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
What is your favourite Scottish Island? I get asked frequently. 

It's a very difficult question as each Island is incredibly unique and varied with it's own geological, historic and natural wonders. 

However, on reflection I came to the conclusion that one of my all time favourites had to be Shetland. The reason?
The drama of it, a chain of remarkable Islands that are shaped by the sea and are home to some of the most fascinating geology and landscapes I’ve ever came across. Almost everywhere you go you can view the edge of the world.

I've decided to use this post as more of a visual diary to show some of these natural wonders and incredible atmospheric landscapes so prominent in the North. I'm also using this post to say get up to Shetland and see it for yourself, it's an Island not many people venture to because of the distance but with travel to these Islands so accessible and reasonable, it's completely worth it!

What's your favourite Scottish Islands? I'm obsessed with them!

Here's some of my favourite photographs taken when I there on my most recent trip! And to keep up to date with my travels on a day to day basis around Scotland, here are a few links to my sites. :) 

Ellis O'Connor


Visual Artist, Photographer & Blogger

Visit Scotland Ambassador


  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @ellisoconnor
    Thanks for your wonderful pictures of Shetland. I have never been there myself but it looks great! Hopefully one day... I saw a documentary on Fair Isle, another island on the edge - even more remote than Shetland and constantly battling the elements!
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  • JessMacJessMac Member ✭✭
    I would have to say the Isle of Lewis... but I may be a little bias since I'm from there  ;) There truly is so much to see though and a very unique way  of life to experience. 

    The weather plays a huge part in island life and everything does look good on a good day!  B) But if you are there on a wild one, that really is something to behold too!! 

    Carloway Broch

    Traigh Mhor, Tolsta

    Blackhouse, Arnol 

    Welcome to Uig  :D

    Calanais Standing Stones (with one extra) 

    Whale Bone Arch, Bragar (yes it really is in someones back garden)

    Bosta Beach, Bernera


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