apparently isolated and far away, Shetland is in fact very well
served by transport links, both by air and sea. There are good connections
by air from four major airports in Scotland, while land travel to
Aberdeen is facilitated by good roads as well as bus and rail services.
to the advice given by some travel agents, no passport is needed
by UK citizens, prices are reasonable, and there are a variety of
services. Nor is it necessary to go to the lengths that some travellers
in the 1830's had to. After a long coach journey to Peterhead they
found that their smack had lost its sails and rigging in a storm.
In all it took them over 2 two weeks to get to Shetland!
British Airways operate several flights per day into Sumburgh
Airport, some of which are operated by British Airways Express
(Loganair). There are flights every day from Aberdeen and Inverness,
Edinburgh and Glasgow. www.ba.com
of all flights are available by telephoning British Airways central
reservation and inquiries on Tel 0345 222111.
The main ferry operator since October 2002 is Northlink
Orkney & Shetland Ferries Ltd who operate the Hrossey
and the Hjaltland which run between Aberdeen,
Stromness and Lerwick. These vessels provides daily service to and
from Shetland and Aberdeen, and call in to Kirkwall three times
per week in both directions.
operate the Hamnavoe between Scrabster in Caithness
and Stromness in Orkney. Tel:
01856 851144 Fax: 01856 851155 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries Scottish Citilink Coaches Ltd, Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont
St, Glasgow G2 3NP, Tel 0990 505050 (08:00-20:00, 7 days); also
National Express Coaches 0990 808080. Scotrail Tel 0141 204 2844
or 0131 556 2451.