Are you planning on visiting the Shetland Islands this summer? Formed from an ancient range of continental shelf hills when sea levels rose by around 120 metres between 10,000 and 12,000 million years ago, the Shetland Islands are located just under 600 miles north of London. The Arctic Circle is a mere 400 miles north of Shetland.
Here is some essential location information to help with your planning for visiting the Shetland Islands.
Lying in the track of Atlantic depressions and bathed by the Slope Current’s comparatively warm waters, the islands have a temperate maritime climate.
With a history spanning nearly three billion years, the islands feature a more diverse geology than any areas of similar size within Europe.
Having travelled to their current latitude, 60 degrees north, from near the South Pole over the past 700 million years, the islands are ‘littered’ with evidence, including several unique geological features, of major changes and earth-shaking events.
Visiting the Shetland Islands
Today, when visiting the Shetland Islands you can explore extinct volcanoes and walk across shifting sands and ancient oceanic crust within a single day.
In addition to the stunning, rugged landscape, you will also find an array of wildlife and nature reserves, pre-historic settlements, forts and other historic sites, museums and more.
Staying safe while visiting the Shetland Islands
In order to prevent personal injuries while visiting the Shetland Islands, it is recommended to:
- Take warm, water- and windproof clothing
- Wear strong, comfortable boots or shoes when walking or hiking
- Inform someone of your route when hiking or walking
- Mind your step carefully, especially when walking near potentially crumbling, dangerous cliff tops to prevent injuries by slips, trips and falls from height
Driving carefully, especially on the many single-track roads, also help to prevent accidental injuries to yourself and others.
When visiting museums, shops and other indoor venues, you can avoid injuries by slipping, tripping or falling by minding your step and immediately reporting any potential slip, trip or fall hazards you may come across to relevant authorities or staff members.
Trips and slips
Should the unexpected have happened and you were injured by a trip or slip in a museum, shop or other indoor premises, in spite of owners or staff members being aware of possible hazards, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice