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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Survivor Guide: Visiting the Shetland Islands

    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.

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    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.

    Indoor adventures

    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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    We have the experience, skills and know-how to help you make a successful claim. Call our freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500 or, if you calling from a mobile, 0333 500 0993 to enlist a member of our nationwide no-win, no-fee* legal team now.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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