Rich culture on a remote Scottish island
At Azamara®, we’re all about exploring unrivalled destinations—so how about somewhere as far north as Anchorage or St. Petersburg, that’s still part of the United Kingdom? That’s the Shetland Islands. Secluded and seaswept, this archipelago of 100 small islands (only 16 of which are inhabited) is equally influenced by Scandinavian and Scottish culture. The people here are made of strong stuff, but they’re eager to share their cuisine and music, and the story of this remote, remarkable place.
Pulling in to port, you’d assume Lerwick is just like any other quaint British town, but there’s so much more to discover beyond the tall stone buildings and winding lanes. Listen closely and you’ll hear old Norse phrases spoken in Scottish brogue. Island hop and you’ll find some of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites—including a 2,000 year-old round tower that’s almost completely intact.
As for the scenery? Stunning doesn’t even begin to cover it. To the north, pastoral farmland stretches to the edges of red granite cliffs that once formed an ancient volcano. Explore FurtherSM. On the southern islands, experience an inner calm you can only find when you leave the ordinary behind. Discover coves carpeted in wildflowers, where whispers of buried treasure echo along soft sand beaches.