Zoom imageTresta Fetlar is the fourth largest of the 100 Shetland Islands, which lie at the "crossroads of the North Sea", equidistant between Scotland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Fetlar lies South of Unst and to the East of Yell, and together the three islands make up the "North Isles" of Shetland. See Fetlar's location.
Fetlar is known as the "Garden of Shetland" due to it being by far the greenest of all the islands. Indeed, the name Fetlar is reputed to originate from the Viking term "Fat Land", further strengthening the island's claim to be a fertile area suitable for crops. The island also is home to a diverse range of flora, fauna and wildlife, and around two thirds of the island is designated in some form, whether as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or as an RSPB Bird Reserve. Learn more about Fetlar's nature and wildlife.
At present around 80 people live on the island but this has been increasing steadily from a low point of 48 in early 2009.