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Shetland Islands

Getting there & away

Unlike Orkney, Shetland is relatively expensive to get to from mainland Scotland.



Northlink Ferries (0845 600 0449; www.northlinkferries.co.uk) runs car ferries between Lerwick and Kirkwall in Orkney.

Northlink also runs overnight car ferries from Aberdeen to Lerwick (passenger return £42 to £64, car return £170 to £230, 12 to 14 hours, daily) leaving Aberdeen at 5pm or 7pm.

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The oil industry ensures that air connections are good. The main airport is at Sumburgh, 25 miles south of Lerwick. There are three to five flights daily between Sumburgh and Aberdeen (one hour) with British Airways (BA)/Loganair (0845 773 3377; www.loganair.co.uk). BA flies daily between Orkney and Shetland (35 minutes). You can also fly direct from London (Stansted), Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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