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Visit Craft in Shetland

Two hundred kilometers off the north coast of Scotland and some eighty kilometers north of Orkney is the archipelago of Shetland, made up of more than 100 islands, fifteen of which are inhabited. The largest is called the Mainland and it’s the fifth largest island in the British Isles.

The Shetland Islands are closer to Norway than they are to mainland Scotland, and the culture and language of the islands is a unique blend of Scottish and Scandinavian.

There are more than 6,000 archaeological sites across Shetland and all kinds of fascinating historical attractions for visitors to enjoy, including castles, ruins, prehistoric settlements and the remains of Viking longhouses.

Every January, visitors flock to Shetland to witness Europe’s largest fire festival, Up Helly Aa, which culminates in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a Viking longship. Yet more visitors come to enjoy the island’s lively music, performance and arts festivals such as the Shetland Folk Festival and the seven-day Shetland Fiddle Frenzy.

And if you make the long journey north to explore Shetland’s craft scene, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

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