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September can be a funny old month here in Shetland. All the seasonal birds have left for the summer, the temperature drops (assuming it ever rose to begin with!), the nights are getting darker, the Northern Lights or Mirrie Dancers...
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I have a confession to make. Until recently, I had never been to Hermaness Nature Reserve. Hermaness is in Unst, right in the North of Shetland and indeed the North of Scotland and the UK.

It earns its nature reserve status from the number of birds that the area supports. 100,000 breeding pairs of birds live there during the summer months and is one of the UK’s largest seabird colonies.

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If you are seriously considering a move to Shetland, it is worth coming here for a couple of trips beforehand. I recommend taking one of these trips in the middle of winter. Winters in Shetland can be tough going for anyone who does not know what to expect. Coming here for a recce in winter will help you prepare for that. I am a firm believer that forewarned is forearmed.
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Shetland, however, has something big in store for 2022, by holding its first ever Pride Festival. The dates have been set for the weekend 2nd and 3rd July 2022.

It promises to be an amazing celebration of not just Shetland’s LGBTQ community but also for national and international visitors alike.

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