The Mainland is the main island of Shetland , Scotland . The island contains Shetland ‘s only burgh , Lerwick , and is the center of Shetland’ s ferry and air connections.
It has an area of 374 square miles (970 km 2 ), making it the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth largest of the British Isles after Great Britain , Ireland , Lewis and Harris and Skye .
The mainland can be broadly divided into four sections.
- The long southern peninsula , south of Lerwick, has a mixture of moorland and farmland and contains many important archaeological sites.
- Sandwick 
- The Central Mainland has more farmland and some woodland plantations.
- The West Mainland
- The North Mainland – In particular the wide Northmavine peninsula, connected to mainland by a narrow isthmus at Mavis Grind – is wild, with much moorland and coastal cliffs . The North Mainland contains Sullom Voe , whose oil terminal is an important source of employment for the islanders.
- North Roe
This island was the second most populous of the Scottish Islands , and had 18,765 residents in 2011  compared to 17,550 in 2001. 
- List of islands of Scotland
- List of islands of the British Isles
- ^ Jump up to:a b Haswell-Smith (2004) p. 406
- ^ Jump up to:a b Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 hectares and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census .
- ^ Jump up:a b National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland – Release 1C (Part Two) . “Appendix 2: Population and Households on Scotland’s Uninhabited Islands”. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
- Jump up^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands . Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7 .
- Jump up^ Ordnance Survey
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- Jump up^ General Register Office for Scotland (28 November 2003) Occasional Paper No 10: Statistics for Inhabited Archived Islands 2008-04-21 at the Wayback Machine . . Retrieved 9 July 2007.