The Shetland Isles are a collection of rugged, rocky specks of land northeast of Scotland. These remote islands are cold and, to some, unforgiving, but they have a wild, ancient beauty all their own.
Part of the U.K., the islands are known for their fishing economy and as a destination for those who like their vacations way off the beaten track.
And one island called Foula is known for something really special — not to mention adorable.
While all of the islands are inhabited by Shetland ponies, Foula is the place where they outnumber humans 50 to 1.
Shetland ponies are little, stocky ponies who are descendants of ponies brought in by people from Scotland and Scandinavia thousands of years ago.
The rugged terrain has made them quite hardy, and their thick, fluffy fur keeps them warm from the bracing ocean winds.
They’ve been used to pull carts and plow fields, and today, some are even used as guide ponies, just like seeing-eye dogs! Sometimes they even sport locally made sweaters, and look extra adorable doing so.
On Foula, the human population is only 30, but there are some 1,500 ponies on this island alone!
Check out Foula’s cutest inhabitants below, and you might find yourself wishing for a slightly different sort of island vacation.