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Shetland Islands

Discover the spirit of Shetland

Scattered between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea lay the Shetland Islands, a place of rugged splendour and a fascinating fusion of Scottish and Norse culture. This blend of powerful natural landscapes and inimitable crafting techniques give the Shetland Islands a strong identity and heritage, which you are sure to sense from your time spent here. Large rolling fields and vast beaches provide an abundance of open space for creativity to flourish, alongside the convenience of being located on the ‘mainland’ for ease of amenities and community spirit!

The time-old tradition of textiles in the Shetland Islands can be traced back as far as 800BC, meaning that it is interwoven to the fabric of everyday life on the island and the people who inhabit it. This trade and skill have influenced the culture and economy of the island enormously, and it’s fascinating to visit a place so impacted by this wonderful craft. From a visit to an authentic wool merchant’s, the chance to discover historic textile collections and meetings with current Shetland craftsmen and women, you and your fellow knitters will get a true sense of all that this beautiful corner of the world has to offer.

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