Shetland Islands


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Shetland Islands

An archipelago of northern Scotland in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Orkney Islands. The islands were occupied by Norse invaders and colonists after the late ninth century and were annexed by Scotland in 1472.

Shet′land Is′lands


n.pl.
a group of islands NE of the Orkney Islands: northernmost part of Great Britain. 22,429; 550 sq. mi. (1425 sq. km).
Shet′land Is′lander, n.
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Noun1.Shetland Islands - an archipelago of about 100 islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of ScotlandShetland Islands - an archipelago of about 100 islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
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They are safe in the harbor of Lerwick, the chief port in the Shetland Islands.
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This, at such an hour of the night, surprised me greatly; but I was too ignorant to draw the true conclusion -- that we were going north-about round Scotland, and were now on the high sea between the Orkney and Shetland Islands, having avoided the dangerous currents of the Pentland Firth.
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After all, the Shetland Islands are 314 miles from Edinburgh and closer to the Faroe Islands, 170 miles away, which are a region of Denmark.
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