Serviced Offices Shetland Islands
The largest Shetland Island is known simply as "Mainland", it is the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth-largest of the British Isles. There are an additional 15 inhabited islands. The islands have produced a variety of writers of prose and poetry. There are vast areas set aside to protect the local fauna and flora, a number of which are important seabird nesting sites.
The main revenue producers in Shetland are agriculture, aquaculture, fishing, renewable energy, the petroleum industry - crude oil and natural gas production, and the creative industries and tourism. Fishing remains central to the islands' economy today, valued at over £73 million. Farming consists mostly of the raising of Shetland sheep, known for their fine wool. Crops include oats and barley.
Apache Corporation's Beryl alpha oil platform has become one of the largest terminals in Europe with taxes from the oil increasing public sector spending on social welfare, art, sport, environmental measures and financial development. Three quarters of the islands' workforce is employed in the service sector.
The Shetland Islands are a popular destination for cruise ships and in 2010, the Lonely Planet guide named Shetland as the sixth best region in the world for tourists seeking unspoilt destinations. The islands were described as “beautiful and rewarding".
Transport between islands is primarily by ferry, with various inter-island services. Sumburgh Airport, the main airport on Shetland, is located close to Sumburgh Head, quickly and easily connecting serviced offices in the Shetland Islands to other parts of Scotland including Kirkwall, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Lerwick/Tingwall Airport, in partnership with Shetland Islands Council, only operates inter-island flights from the Shetland Mainland to the inhabited islands.