|Scottish Gaelic name||Mòr-thìr|
|Old Norse name||Megenland|
|Meaning of name||Old Norse for 'mainland'|
The cliffs of Eshaness, North Mainland.
|OS grid reference|
|Area||96,879 hectares (374 sq mi)|
|Area rank||3 |
|Highest elevation||Ronas Hill 450 metres (1,476 ft)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Council area||Shetland Islands|
|Population rank||2 |
|Population density||19.41 people/km2|
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 km2), making it the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth largest of the British Isles after Great Britain, Ireland, Lewis and Harris and Skye. Mainland is the second most populous of the Scottish islands (only surpassed by Lewis and Harris), and had 18,765 residents in 2011 compared to 17,550 in 2001.
The mainland can be broadly divided into four sections: