As of December 2023 there are 115 high-resolution scenes from Sumburgh in the south to Lamba Ness in the north. We regularly add new content, and areas of the islands such as Yell, Unst, Fetlar and Whalsay will be covered in the summer of 2024, with future plans for the outlying islands such as Fair Isle, Foula, Papa Stour and Out Skerries. The scenes are organised from the south to north rather than area, so you may find the tour jumping from east to west or vice-versa if using the previous / next controls or the auto tour.
The tour is fully responsive and can be viewed on just about any device from a small-screen phone to a 4K desktop and above (however it is optimised for desktop and tablet viewing). For the best experience we recommend using the Chrome browser on desktops, and Safari or Chrome on tablets and phones. The interface is slightly different depending on the device you are using, e.g. small-screen phones will not display the map by defult, and desktop devices will not have the gyro control function. The image below shows the desktop user interface:
On recent versions of iOS and iPadOS you have to allow the application to access your motion sensor before the gyro will work. A popup dialog should apear to grant access to the sensors, if you respond with No the gyro function will not work.
Although the interface is kept simple there are many functions available using the scene toolbar, context menu (right-click) and the map tools. Toolbar functions include:
Right-clicking (desktop), ctrl-clicking (Mac with single mouse button) or long finger pressing on the scene (mobile device) brings up the following context menu:
The map and map toolbar has the following funtions:
The following images show the toolbar functions on desktop, tablet and phone interfaces. Note that some functions may not be available on older tablets, for example full screen is only available on the latest versions of iPadOS.
The tour was first published in April 2018 with just 16 scenes, and has grown rapidly with new scenes being added regularly. The tour is now on Version 4 (1.20.6 m4 Build 201101) and runs on the KRPano core files, the changelog is available here. The site is free for everyone to enjoy without adverts or any hidden marketing content. To keep it that way please consider donating to the hosting and maintenance costs; all donations - however big or small - will go directly to the tour costs. You can donate with your PayPal account or any major credit card through the secure link below.
All images in the 360 Shetland tour have been captured by commercially operated small unmanned aircraft. Shetland Flyer Aerial Media has a UK Civil Aviation Authority Operational Authorisation to conduct commercial operations with multirotor and helicopter drones up to 25kg.