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  • The Shetland Bus

    Our bestseller now reprinted for a fifth time. A classic story of secret wartime missions across the North Sea. Dark winters provided the perfect cover for missions to occupied Norway …

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    Our bestseller now reprinted for a fifth time. A classic story of secret wartime missions across the North Sea. Dark winters provided the perfect cover for missions to occupied Norway …

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  • Shetland Flowers

    A pocket-sized photographic guide to the wild flowers you might come across during a Shetland summer. Over 170 species organised by colour with notes on habitat and hints to aid …

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    A pocket-sized photographic guide to the wild flowers you might come across during a Shetland summer. Over 170 species organised by colour with notes on habitat and hints to aid …

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  • Grottie-Buckie an Tirli-Wirli

    Grottie-Buckie lives alone in his little old house with only the company of mouse Tirli-Wirli, with whom he shares his food and conversation. Tirli-Wirli feels sorry for Grottie-Buckie, who has …

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    Grottie-Buckie lives alone in his little old house with only the company of mouse Tirli-Wirli, with whom he shares his food and conversation. Tirli-Wirli feels sorry for Grottie-Buckie, who has …

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  • Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters Volume 2

    Following the huge success of Volume One, the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers are back with 12 new designs. Patterns range from peerie projects to full size …

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    Following the huge success of Volume One, the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers are back with 12 new designs. Patterns range from peerie projects to full size …

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  • Knitting By the Fireside and on the Hillside

    A History of the Shetland Hand Knitting Industry 1600-1950 First published 1995. This facsimile edition first published 2021. This book traces the history of the Shetland hand knitting industry from …

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    A History of the Shetland Hand Knitting Industry 1600-1950 First published 1995. This facsimile edition first published 2021. This book traces the history of the Shetland hand knitting industry from …

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  • Spy Fever. The Post Office Affair

    A remarkable true story of the events surrounding the unexplained incarceration of the entire staff of the Lerwick Post Office at the beginning of the First World War. …

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    A remarkable true story of the events surrounding the unexplained incarceration of the entire staff of the Lerwick Post Office at the beginning of the First World War. …

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  • Blood in the Oil

    The Queen is coming to Shetland to officially open the giant Sullom Voe Oil Terminal and security services have got wind of an IRA plot to assassinate her. The week …

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    The Queen is coming to Shetland to officially open the giant Sullom Voe Oil Terminal and security services have got wind of an IRA plot to assassinate her. The week …

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  • Shetland Calendar 2023

    Another stunning collection of scenic photographs, majestic coastlines, wild seas and breath-taking views, to take you through the year. Featuring key moments in the Shetland year and a “word o …

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    Another stunning collection of scenic photographs, majestic coastlines, wild seas and breath-taking views, to take you through the year. Featuring key moments in the Shetland year and a “word o …

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  • Cleaners at Shetland Cleaning Services
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    Cleaners at Shetland Cleaning Services

    Morning Cleaner Lerwick 4 mornings 7.30-11.00am Evening Cleaners Mon-Fri 1.5 hrs per night Tue & Thu 1.5 hrs per night These vacancies have flexible starting…

    May 20, 2022 | 6.02am
  • Various vacancies at Shetland Islands Council
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    Various vacancies at Shetland Islands Council

    We have a number of vacancies for various hours at locations throughout Shetland. Jobs on offer this week include… • Senior Social Worker – Lerwick…

    May 20, 2022 | 6.02am
  • Operational Assistant at Sumburgh Airport
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    Operational Assistant at Sumburgh Airport

    Looking for a new role that’s busy, varied and interesting? Do you have strong attention to detail and concentration skills even when working under pressure?…

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  • Estate Support Worker at Hjaltland Housing Association
    Lerwick, Shetland. PART TIME

    Estate Support Worker at Hjaltland Housing Association

    Registered Scottish Charity SC 031954 Part Time Permanent Position (approx. 23 hours per week) Salary on a scale TAS1 (Grade 1) £20,248 Pro Rota (£11.13…

    May 20, 2022 | 6.02am
  • Reporter at The Shetland Times
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    Reporter at The Shetland Times

    The Shetland Times is looking for an enthusiastic reporter to join its busy newsroom in Lerwick. Whether newly-qualified or with years of experience, you must…

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  • Cleaning Operative at NorthLink Ferries
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    Cleaning Operative at NorthLink Ferries

    Lerwick Working Week: 24 hours per week NorthLink Ferries are currently recruiting for Cleaning Operatives to join our team in Lerwick, specifically to ensure a…

    May 20, 2022 | 6.02am

Most northerly post office decorated to mark Queen’s Jubilee

May 20, 2022 | 10.14am

The UK’s most northerly post office is getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Baltasound postmistress Valerie Johnson has pulled out all the stops to decorate the branch with bunting and flags to mark the milestone.

Ms Johnson, who has been postmistress for 24 years, said of the decision: “I do like the royal family, especially the Queen, so I wanted to make sure that I decorated my branch.

“The Queen is a great figurehead. She has seen so much change in her life and she has always been there for us.”

A new sign has also been installed, proclaiming “Britain’s Most Northerly Post Office”, and Ms Johnson believes that this will prove popular with tourists.

In this week’s Shetland Times

May 20, 2022 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 20th May) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • Exclusive – Solo ferry passengers are being treated as ‘second class citizens’.
  • Tributes have been paid to Alister Smith, the long-time owner of R.W Bayes shop on Commercial Street in Lerwick, who died this week.
  • Crunch talks were held yesterday between Lerwick Port Authority and 12 harbour workers who are set to start an overtime ban next week.
  • Another historic milestone was marked in Unst for the SaxaVord Spaceport.
  • The build-up to next weekend’s Relay for Life has begun, with a concert at the Big Kirk in Lerwick on Wednesday.
  • ARTS – Shetland’s tasty delights prove tempting for top celebrity chefs.
  • SPORT – Spurs lifted the first outdoor hockey cup of the season, claiming The Dowry Grutness cup last Thursday.
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  • Hjaltland Housing TO RENT

    Hjaltland Housing

    HAS AVAILABLE TO REGISTERED APPLICANTS • Two bedroom house in Hill Grind, Lerwick We have a two bedroom, three person, single storey, semi-detached house available…

    May 20, 2022 | 6.00am
  • Hjaltland Housing TO RENT

    Hjaltland Housing

    HAS AVAILABLE TO REGISTERED APPLICANTS • Two bedroom house in North Heathery Park Gulberwick We have a two bedroom, three person, single storey, detached house…

    March 18, 2022 | 6.00am
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Commercial Street stalwart dies

May 18, 2022 | 11.14am

Tributes have been pouring in for Alister Smith, the long-time business owner of R.W. Bayes who has died.

Living Lerwick announced his passing on its social media pages, offering its condolences.

He, along with business partner Neil Anderson, had ran the shop for four decades.

Hundreds of people have reacted to the post with dozens commenting on Da Street’s loss.

Mike Grundon commented: “So sorry to hear this. Alister was a familiar sight on the street. An old-school shopkeeper from a fading era. My condolences to all his friends, family and colleagues.”

While Jane Harper Laverty added: “He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, sincere condolences to all the family.”

 

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Spot the difference as BAM Nuttall trials four-legged robot on Viking site

May 17, 2022 | 11.22am

A new worker has joined BAM Nuttall’s team in Shetland – a four-legged robot named Spot.

The construction company said it had successfully trialled the Trimble X7 laser scanner using a private 5G network for remote control, in the first use of its kind.

Boston Dynamics’ robot Spot uses specially adapted 3D laser scanning equipment to collect data and create site records.

BAM Nuttall said that given Shetland’s harsh weather conditions, challenging terrain, and isolated location, remote operation was critical to the trial’s success, as it proved the robot could take on days of manual surveying work and operate in areas and conditions hazardous to people – without operators needing to be on site or even travel to Shetland.

Head of innovation Colin Evison said: “This is just the start of our journey with Trimble and Boston Dynamics.

“As we face a skills shortage, become more in tune with the wellbeing of our people, and strive for more diversity, Spot has a number of benefits to safety and job design.

“This is all in addition to improvements to the efficiency and accuracy of our work.”

In this week’s Shetland Times

May 13, 2022 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 13th May) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • Exclusive – Almost 100 anti-social behaviour cases have been lodged in three years – leading to “devastating” effects on victims’ lives.
  • A Skerries man is digitising thousands of photos from the 18-1900s after finding them during a clean-up of his grandparents home.
  • Police say they received “intelligence” there was likely to be disorder and anti-social behaviour during February’s Old Firm match between Celtic and Rangers. Additional officers were on patrol during the game.
  • There’s two pages of election coverage as Shetland picks its new councillors.
  • MSP Beatrice Wishart has backed calls for the Scottish government to increase the air fare discount for islanders.
  • The Shetland Times takes a look at the new Hays Dock by the Dowry restaurant, as manager Stuart Fox talks about his future plans.
  • ARTS – Former Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble speaks about his latest gigs in the isles, and looks back on 20 years of Shetland concerts.
  • SPORT – Spurs beat Ness to lift the Manson Cup, and there’s reports from two junior football inter-counties, hockey, athletics, golf, angling and the Jake Porter duathlon.
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  • The Boatman's House
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    Unst £100 per night

    The Boatman's House

    Perched above the waters of Burrafirth Voe, this former Boatman’s House will capture a peerie bit of your heart. With two double bedrooms and an indoor ‘bunk house’ sleeping fou…

  • Auld Haa - Yell
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    Yell £450 per week

    Auld Haa - Yell

    Detached, extended and modernised former Laird’s house situated at the end of a single track road. Only 1½ miles from the ferry and with superb views of Yell Sound and…

  • The Lodge & The Peerie House
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    The Lodge & The Peerie House

    Award-winning seaside houses within the historic Leagarth Estate on Fetlar. Both houses are a stone’s throw from the sea with superb views across the bay. Abundant wildlife and birdwatching literally…

  • Voxter Outdoor Centre
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    Voxter Outdoor Centre

    An ideal base for self-catered group accommodation in Shetland, Voxter House can sleep up to 24 guests in dormitory style accommodation. Surrounded by rolling hills, with a small forest nearby…

  • Braeview Cottage
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    Central £70 per night

    Braeview Cottage

    Braeview is a lovely cottage set in the picturesque village of Papil in Burra. The cottage enjoys stunning views across to the Clift Hills and as far south as Fitful…

  • Ortolan House B&B
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    Ortolan House B&B

    Large Georgian family townhouse dating from the 1780s, situated in the leafy conservation lanes area of central Lerwick, overlooking the harbour. Ideal location for town centre and harbour and ru…

WATCH: Wildlife haven leaps into life

May 8, 2022 | 11.15am

Spring has brought Da Gairdins at Sand leaping into life.

The three ponds are bubbling with thousands of tiny tadpoles.

It looks like it won’t be too long before froglets will be calling the wildlife haven a pad of their own.

Visitors will soon have to tread carefully!

Meanwhile May has seen Da Gairdins bursting into colour as the rhododendrons come into bloom.

Story trail helps mark Queen’s jubilee

April 30, 2022 | 9.00am

A new initiative aims to make shopping on the street easier for families, while marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee at the same time.

From today [Saturday] Living Lerwick is running a free story trail in Lerwick town centre.

The trail is designed to allow families choose what happens in the story, and can be accessed using a Smartphone.

It involves fictional characters who supposedly “come to life” from Buckingham Palace, and gone on a trip to Lerwick.

The idea is to encourage families to go to the street to enjoy a safe, fun and still socially distanced event.

For more details, visit the Living Lerwick website.

In this week’s Shetland Times

April 22, 2022 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 22nd April) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • Election candidates have set out their stalls to voters ahead of next month’s council elections. Fuel poverty and the cost of living crisis were highlighted as the top priorities for new members.
  • A college lecturer has said it is “absolutely galling” for them to have to walk out on students in a row over pay.
  • A local author penned a humorous poem to Loganair after they lost his luggage – and received both his belongings, and a poem, in return.
  • Up to 4,000 tonnes of hazardous waste could be set to be burned at the energy recovery plant each year to help heat Lerwick homes.
  • Exclusive – Foula was almost left without electricity this week before an intervention from MP Alistair Carmichael. HMRC had refused red diesel for the island, despite previously saying they could get it, while Foula was desperately low on fuel.
  • ARTS – We look ahead to next week’s Shetland Folk Festival, and photographer May Graham takes about her next project.
  • SPORT – Ness United clinched the first silverware of the season in the Highland Fuels cup – and could set up a second final showdown with Spurs in the Manson Cup.
  • SPORT – Plus there’s hockey, rugby, swimming, squash, cycling, bowls and netball.

 

 

Historic Swan takes a tow

April 19, 2022 | 11.30am

The 120-year-old former herring drifter, the Swan, caused quite a stir last night (Monday) after she was helped back to harbour by the Lerwick lifeboat crew.

The sail training vessel was actually assisting the RNLI with a training exercise which the crew described as a “valuable experience”.

During the evening exercise, the crew practised attaching lines before taking her under tow and bringing her safely alongside in Lerwick harbour.

Lerwick lifeboat crew members secure The Swan during a training exercise.

At 67-feet long, the Swan is longer than Lerwick lifeboat’s 55-feet Severn-class lifeboat and considerably heavier, with a deeper draught so took some gentle handling to bring her back to the berth.

Skipper of the Swan, Maggie Adamson, is also a member of the lifeboat crew and helped co-ordinate the exercise.

Two homes to feature in BBC series

April 18, 2022 | 2.43pm

Two very different but equally homely houses will be under the spotlight tonight (Monday) in the new series of BBC show Scotland’s Home of the Year.

The homes are at opposite ends of the historical spectrum.

Caroline and John Tait live in a relatively new build in Levenwick while Shona and Allen Skinner’s crofthouse in Cullivoe dates back to 1860.

They will go up against a third house, in Orkney, to be crowned regional champion and make it to the series final.

Caroline and John moved in in 2017 and the house features a large open plan kitchen diner come living space, two bathrooms and three bedrooms including a master with walk-in wardrobe and en suite.

It also has a view looking out to sea that Caroline says “is beautiful, we just love it”.

They share the home with sons Lewis and Harry and Harry’s girlfriend Lauren.

City dweller Shona and husband Allen moved into their renovated croft house 11 years ago after originally deciding to keep it as just a holiday home.

The history and beauty of the place, however, tempted the couple even though Shona thought London would always be home and she “could never imagine myself living in Shetland”.

Its provenance dates back generations as Shona explains: “The house belonged to my great-grandparents. It started life literally as a but ’n ben.

“In about 1916 they decided to put two extra bedrooms on. Then about 30-years ago the house was offered to my father.”

The programme will air on BBC 1 at 8.30pm with neither couple privy to how they, or their homes will come across.

Shona said: “I am quite nervous, I think anybody would be.

“You are exposing what you think is your fabulous home to the whole country and beyond.”

Caroline added: “I think we will have a wee bit of a party the night the programme airs, have a few glasses of champagne and see how it goes.

“I might watch, I might hide behind the couch, we’ll see.”


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