Top 10+ Things to Do in Scotland’s Shetland Islands (2023 Guide) – Trips To Discover


Watch for Whales

What Is It? There have been nearly two dozen different types of whales and dolphins recorded in the waters around the Shetland Islands. Orca sightings have become increasingly common between May and August, although they have been spotted throughout the year.

Why Do It? Seeing these majestic creatures in the wild is an experience you’ll never forget, and here, orcas come close to the shore you can see them right from land. The long, dark days of winter bring the opportunity to see them with a backdrop of northern lights, but you’ll have to have a lot of luck on your side.

Good to Know: It’s worth booking a trip with a wildlife tour operator who has knowledge of cetacean activity and local insight. You can also follow the Shetland Orca Sightings group on Facebook to find out where the latest sightings have been.