The North Ness Business Park is a part of the regeneration and development which has taken place along Lerwick’s waterfront, turning the area into the commercial and cultural hub of the town. The area includes the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel Music and Cinema Venue, Shetland Islands Council’s Office Headquarters, Housing and Development Departments, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and other businesses including chartered surveyors, architects and accountants. Our offices are situated on the ground floor of Nordhus, which is the first building on the left as you enter the North Ness Business Park. Currently situated in Nordhus along with us are Allans, Defence Solicitor, Shetland Independent Financial Services and H James Nisbet, Quantity Surveyor.
To find our offices, turn off Commercial Road at the roundabout at the Viking Bus Station, following the sign for North Ness Business Park/Shetland Museum and Archives. Continue down the road following the curve to the right. Nordhus is the first blue timber building on your left. Our offices are found on the ground floor and are immediately in front of you as you enter the building.
Care was taken in designing the Nordhus building so as to provide easy, safe access for anyone with mobility problems. There is a disabled parking space to the right of the building, a short distance from the front door, and a ramp providing wheelchair access.
Shetland is the most northerly part of the British Isles, 93 miles from the north of the Scottish Mainland and around 600 miles from London. However, this remote ‘British’ position is very much central to the North Sea fishing grounds and Northern European oil reserves and trading routes. As well as ferry links to Aberdeen and Orkney, there are air links from Sumburgh in the South Mainland to Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh (and Bergen in the summer months).
Shetland’s northerly position means that during the summer months there is daylight almost round-the-clock, allowing people to take advantage of the long fine days for all sorts of outdoor activities. This however is in contrast to the winter months, which are generally mild, with unpredictable weather accompanied by short days and long dark nights.
During all seasons there is plenty to do and see in Shetland. In the summer a wide variety of sports are played, including football, rugby, golf, sailing and rowing at local regattas. Other outdoor activities include taking advantage of the spectacular scenery in hill and cliff walking, or observing the tremendous array of wildlife that share these Isles and its coastlines with the people, including puffins, otters, whales, dolphins and the more domesticated Shetland Ponies. There are also many events which take place during the spring and summer months, such as the Shetland Folk Festival, Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival, Wordplay and Screenplay, to name but a few.
In the winter months activities tend to take place indoors, where islanders are able to take advantage of the numerous high quality leisure centres and facilities such as Mareel Cinema and Music Venue and Shetland Museum. There are a wide range of evening classes held throughout the winter months in the village halls and local schools, while local groups and organisations also meet there throughout the year. The winter also plays host to many organised events, and in the period from January to March the Island’s most famous festival, Up Helly Aa, takes place in various locations throughout Shetland.
It is not only the vibrant culture and stunning scenery which makes Shetland an excellent place to live, the Island’s public services and amenities are of a very high standard and Council Tax remains amongst the lowest levied in Scotland. Shetland’s schools have a record of attaining high standards amongst all pupils and the good public transport provision ensures that every area is connected.
In short, Shetland is a place of unspoilt scenery, abundant wildlife and activities for all ages. It is home to a fantastic culture and most importantly, a population renowned for their welcoming nature.
Here is a selection of links to other Shetland websites.
Shetland Tourism and Travel Links
Visit Shetland (run by Promote Shetland): shetland.org
Shetland Visitor: www.shetlandvisitor.com
Visit Scotland’s Shetland page: www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/shetland
Northlink Ferries: www.northlinkferries.co.uk
Shetland Travel Information (provide by ZetTrans and Promote Shetland): travel.shetland.org/desktop_homepage.php
Local Authority and Services
Shetland Islands Council: www.shetland.gov.uk
Council Tax: www.shetland.gov.uk/counciltax
Community Directory www.shetland.gov.uk/communitydirectory
Hjaltland Housing Association: www.hjaltland.org.uk
Shetland Architectural Society: www.shetlandarchitecture.co.uk
Shetland Leisure Links
Shetland Recreational Trust: www.srt.org.uk
Mareel Music and Cinema Venue: www.mareel.org
Shetland Arts What’s On page: shetlandarts.org/listings
Shetland Museum and Archives: www.shetland-museum.org.uk
Shetland Folk Festival Society: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com