10 Shetland filming locations you can visit in Scotland

The fifth series of Shetland has landed and as ever the show's stunning setting is capturing the imagination of audiences.

Shetland's rugged scenery provides the ideal backdrop for BBC's popular crime drama.
Shetland's rugged scenery provides the ideal backdrop for BBC's popular crime drama.

Since Shetland launched in 2013 its eponymous setting has served as a character of sorts, providing a moody backdrop for dark and disturbing crimes.

The show is filmed across a number of Shetland beauty spots, as well as a select amount of locations across Scotland.

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Much of the filminf for Shetland takes place in the Shetland Islands' capital, Lerwick. The town's distinctive lodberries, piers developed as warehouses, have featured throughout the BBC series.
Lerwick Habrour is also a prominent backdrop in Shetland, featured here in this press shot. The Victoria Pier which dominates the harbour was founded in 1886
According to the Shetland Times, filming for series five of the crime drama took place at tiny village West Quarff, which lies five miles south of Lerwick.
The stunning white sands of Banna Min Beach on West Burra featured in the grisly opening sequence of series five.
The Fair Isle has served as a backdrop throughout the Shetland's lifespan, and was the scene of a brutal murder in series two. The Fair Isle is also where main character Jimmy Perez was raised.
Northmavines beautiful Hillswick wildlife sanctuary was central to the series four plot.
Ayr in the southwest of Scotland has been utilised as a double for the rugged coast of Shetland
The Ayrshire town of Irvine has also served as a twin for Shetland's island communities.
Speaking to the Daily Record, actor Douglas Henshall revealed: "My characters house is actually in Kilbarchan (Renfrewshire)."
Though set in Shetland, scenes at Jimmy Perez's place of work are filmed in Barrhead, Renfrewshire.