1. Shetland Fiddle and Accordion Festival
    Shetland Fiddle and Accordion Festival
  2. Shetland Small Boat Week
    Shetland Small Boat Week
  3. Shetland Wool Week
    Shetland Wool Week
  4. Lerwick Shopping Week
    Lerwick Shopping Week
  5. Up Helly Aa
    Lerwick Up Helly Aa
  6. Shetland Folk Festival
    Shetland Folk Festival
  7. Simmer Dim Rally
    Simmer Dim Rally
  8. Shetland Classic Motor Show
    Shetland Classic Motor Show

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Shetland in Top 10

Looks like our secret is out!. Shetland has been ranked No 6 in the Lonely Planet Top 10 of Europe's travel destinations for 2019
We have known for a long time that we offer something to suit every taste but, it feels really good to get some recognition.

August 2019

August looks like being a very full and busy month on Shetland with several major events taking place. There are the hugely popular annual agricultural shows (Voe on the 3rd, Walls on the 10th, Cunningsburgh on the 14th), Lerwick Shopping Week (5th-11th), a couple of rowing regattas (2nd and 4th), Shetland Boat Week (5th-11th), an Eela (sea angling) competition, A Taste of Shetland featuring seafood cooking demonstrations, The Interclub Sailing Regatta (10th, 11th, 14th-17th), Traditional Music Nights including the populat Shetland Showcase at the Islesburh Community Centre (5th, 12th, 19th), sessions at the Asta Golf Clubhouse (1st, 15th, 29th), a Sunday Jazz Lunch at Mareel on the 25th, The local Bikers Charity Run starting from the Victoria Pier on the 11th.
Also due in August are 27 visiting Cruise Liners reflecting Shetland's increasing popularity as a cruise destination.

Shetland Wool Week 28th September - 6th October 2019

2019 sees the 10th anniversary of Shetland Wool Week and the time is fast approaching as we have already taken a number of bookings for this event.
The Directors and Management of KGQ Hotels are enthusiastic supporters of all things "Shetland" and would like to take this opportunity to give potential visitors a quick "brief" on Shetland Wool Week.
We would also (shamelessly) like to plug our low cost Direct Booking Room Rates (which are not available elsewhere) and our special 3 course Wool Week Restaurant Menu which is available at just £30 per head.
This year's sponsor is Oliver Henry of Jamieson and Smith, a renowed expert on Shetland Sheep and their wool, who originally started Wool Week in 2009 and was assisted by the late Jimmy Moncrieff of Shetland Amenity Trust with the intention of promoting the local textile industry and heritage, Shetland Wool Week has quickly become a very popular event with a very healthy local, national, and international following.
For 2018, the programme extends to 9 days of Exhibitions, Classes, Events, Tours and Talks covering many different subjects and highly skilled tutors will also be running specialist classes covering a variety of techniques and topics.
Full details of all events etc. can be found on the Shetland Wool Week web site. The Leaflet (800Kb download)(including a FREE Knitting Pattern) and Full Programme Brochure (10Mb download) are available on these links.

Talks, Shows and Drop-Ins

Top of the list is the Shetland Wool Week Welcome Meeting to be held at the new Anderson High School 19:00- 20:30 on Sunday 23rd September. This will be an informal gathering where you can get a chance to find our about the week ahead, meet SWW patron Oliver Henry, visiting instructors and fellow wool enthusiasts.
After that, there will be a number of shows, talks, and drop-ins you might wish to attend.

Exhibitions, Open Studios and Open Days

There will be a large number (to many to mention individually) of exhibitions, open studios and open days run by local craft businnesses and volunteers for visitors to attend. Each one demonstrating the huge variety of things that can be done with a very basic textile product.

Tours and Demonstrations

There are quite a few tours and demonstrations that may be of interest.
From general tours around the island, tours of crofts, a tour of the local spinning mill and, last but not least, a raw wool sorting and grading demonstration by Oliver Henry.


Whatever your interest, there are classes to cover all aspects of traditional Shetland Knitwear production. From spinning, lace making, crochet, felt making, dyeing, general knitting, fair isle knitting, weaving, embroidery, and a host of other techniques aimed at both beginners and advanced enthusiasts.

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