Shetland

Go as far north as north can and you will end up in Shetland, the last outpost of the UK and more than 100miles north of the Scottish mainland. Here you can cross 60° North on the South mainland and still have several hours drive still to go before you go reach the top. These islands are at once beautiful, raw, beguiling, exposed, isolated but most of all, there for the exploration.

A week is Shetland can be many things but the memory you will take away is of the rich variety of untouched sights in clear water that are teeming with life. Most of the wrecks are concentrated in the southern approach to Lerwick harbour. Further North sees the wreck of the E49, a submarine mined just outside Balta Sound. The west coast holds a wealth of scenic diving while the north just holds the crown for being at the end of the world.

Shetland waters team with life. Here an octopus meanders through the wreck of the E49.

Glenisla

Glenisla

While under tow from being torpedoed, the Glenelg struck the steamship Glenisla. The wreck now sits upright with her boilers and engine exposed.

Type of Vessel: Collier
Depth: 31-45m
Sinking: Collision 1917

Gwladmena

The Gwladmena is a classic British dive elevated by the clear Shetland waters to stand as a jewel in the UK divers wreck list. The wreck sits upright in 38m on a sandy seabed and although slightly salvaged, still retains her characteristic identity.

Type of Vessel: Steamship
Depth: 34-38m
Sinking: Collision 1918

Lunokhods

The Lunokhods was a Latvian klondyker that dragged her anchor in a storm eventually being washed ashore below the Bressay lighthouse.

Type of Vessel: Factory ship
Depth: 3-42m
Sinking: Dragged anchor

Lunokhods

E49

A British submarine that struck a mine and sank with all hands.

Type of Vessel: Submarine
Depth: 32m
Sinking: Struck Mine 1917

There is just something special about Shetland. Despite being remote, the islands are still accessible from the mainland. Islands that are defined by a complex geology, round every corner there is something new to explore.