Embrace the elements and get back to nature with a camping trip to Shetland.

Whether you’re sleeping in a tent, caravan or motorhome, camping gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore Shetland at your own pace.

There are a number of registered campsites dotted throughout the islands, all of which have on-site facilities. Wherever you stay, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

This page provides details of all the registered sites in Shetland. You can also download our official camping and caravanning leaflet to help with your travel plans.

Most sites are open all year and booking isn’t always necessary during quieter months. But, to avoid disappointment, we advise you contact the campsites in advance to check pitch availability.

Useful information

  • Travelling on ferries – all inter-island ferries in Shetland, except those to Foula and Fair Isle, transport motorhomes. Book your travel in advance with the Ferry Services booking office.
  • Petrol stations – you can find an up to date list of petrol stations in the Shetland Directory – just search ‘petrol stations’ in the Search the Commercial Directory box.
  • Disposing of toilet waste – for general advice, please see the Toilets page on The Camping and Caravan Club website. Please note: not all Shetland campsites have chemical disposal points.
  • Bottled gas – for a full list of suppliers, see our Camping and Caravanning in Shetland leaflet.

Shetland campsites

Wild camping

Shetland does welcome wild campers, as long as you are mindful of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and seek permission from the landowner before setting up camp.

The easiest way to do this is to contact the nearest house, establish who the landowner is, and ask them whether or not you may camp there. Don't hesitate to ask their advice – they'll probably tell you whether the site is suitable or recommend an even better location for you.

Please wild camp for no more than 2-3 nights in one location and avoid fields with crops, livestock or nesting bird colonies. Also avoid public water collection areas and reservoirs.

Toilet and waste disposal are the responsibility of the camper, and these tasks should be carried out in a discreet and responsible manner.

Camping böds

Staying in a camping böd is a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy a taste of traditional Shetland life.

Camping Böds are buildings that accommodated fishermen and their gear during the fishing season. Today we've borrowed the word to describe basic accommodation for those who want a simple holiday. Böds, a bit like bothies on the Scottish mainland, are very basic and to stay in them you'll need exactly what you'd bring on a camping holiday – except the tent!

There are nine available to book across Shetland. Visit the Shetland Camping Böd website to find out more, and to book contact Shetland Amenity Trust on +44 (0)1595 694688.

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