NPR

A New Law For Scotland: Nobody Puts Shetland In A Box

Because of its remote location, cartographers have long taken the same approach to representing the Scottish archipelago on maps: they draw a box around it, and put that box wherever it fits.
One of many maps of Scotland that places the Shetland Islands in a box in the upper right corner. Source: whitemay

Shetland is an archipelago of a hundred or so islands in the North Sea, featuring ancient hills, valleys and lochs. The string of islands is known for its remote beauty: it's a 12-hour ferry ride to get there from the northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen.

Because of that location, far off the coast of mainland Scotland, cartographers have long taken a

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
'Into The Planet' Captures Cave Diving's Mortal Risks — And All lts Glory
Jill Heinerth's memoir leads with her thoughts as she wonders if she will die underwater, setting the tone for an honest and engaging book about life as one of the world's top cave divers.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Macron Urges G7 Members To Put Amazon Fires At Top Of Agenda
In a tweet, the French president called the 2,500 active fires in the Amazon an "international crisis" and urged fellow G7 members to "discuss this emergency first order" at their upcoming summit.
NPR4 min readPolitics
As Texas Suburbs Diversify, Democrats See An Opportunity For 2020
As Republican retirements stack up, Democrats are bullish about gains in Texas, with rapid demographic shifts among Hispanics and Asians. Plus, a backlash against President Trump.