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17 Reasons Shetland Is Beautiful And Glorious In The Summer

Forget the Costa del Sol, this tiny group of islands off the north of Scotland is the place to be this summer.

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1. It never really gets dark.

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This is the town's skyline at 2 a.m. – sure to confuse all the emerging club-goers into thinking they have just been in a time warp (they probably were).

3. Even the animals don't know what's going on.

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Saying that, local lads will often wear t-shirts all year round anyway.

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7. There aren't any beer gardens, so we've got to make do.

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9. Tis the season to be jolly on Shetland's infamous birthday buses, which take drinkers on a magical mystery tour around the Isles' pubs from afternoon to night.

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The calm before the Apple Sourz-stained storm at one of the route's main stops, St Magnus Bay Hotel.

10. Sun's just come out? Woah! Let's go buy so many of these that the supermarkets have none left of!

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Disclaimer: disposable barbecues may take half an hour to light because of the breeze. And by then the bloody sun has probably gone.

11. Planning to go out for a walk usually means adding extra time to your stroll because you're bound to bump into people you know and stand for ages speaking to them.

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And last year saw the first Glusstonberry festival be held in a place called Gluss.

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Like Glastonbury, Glusstonberry would happily book Metallica. But they're a bit expensive, so local rock covers band Stallions of the Highway will have to do.