The county is under school board jurisdiction and Lerwick has a secondary school, and a few of the other schools earn grants for higher education.
The island is divided into Mainland district (comprising the parishes of Northmavine, Delting, Nesting, Sandsting, Walls, Tingwall, Bressay, Lerwick and Dunrossness) and North Isles district (the parishes of Unst, Fetlar and Yell).
There is a regular communication by steamer between Stromness and Kirkwall, and Thurso, Wick, Aberdeen and Leith, and also between Kirkwall and Lerwick and other points of the Shetlands.
One mile west of Lerwick is Clickimin Loch, separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land.
Ward Hill (742 ft.) is the sailors' landmark for Lerwick harbour.