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Shetland Islands Council

Town Hall, Upper Hillhead, Lerwick Shetland ZE1 0HB
Phone: 0159 5693535

Shetland also called the Shetland Islands, is a subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies north-east of mainland Britain. Shetland is also one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the islands’ administrative centre and only burgh is Lerwick. The largest island, known simply as “Mainland”, is the third-largest Scottish islandand the fifth-largest of the British Isles. There are an additional 15 inhabited islands. The islands have an oceanic climate, a complex geology, a rugged coastline and many low, rolling hills.

When Shetland became part of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707, trade with northern Europe decreased. Fishing has continued to be an important aspect of the economy up to the present day. The discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s significantly boosted Shetland incomes, employment and public sector revenues. The local way of life reflects the joint Norse and Scottish heritage including the Up Helly Aa fire festival, and a strong musical tradition, especially the traditional fiddle style. The islands have produced a variety of writers of prose and poetry, many of whom use the local Shetlandic dialect.  There are numerous areas set aside to protect the local fauna and flora, including a number of important seabird nesting sites.

HomeCareDirect have been providing quality, personalised care at home services for a decade and are proud of our partnership work with councils and health authorities.  If you live in the Shetland area and would like to find out home HomeCareDirect can help you arrange a care needs assessment from the council or how we can help you take control of your care at home then please contact us.