It was founded as The Zetland Times, and Orkney and Shetland Advertiser in 1872 but switched to its present title in the following year. It briefly had a midweek edition, The Peerie Times, in 1874.
It was the first Scottish regional weekly newspaper to establish an online presence, in 1996.
It comes out on Fridays. An e-edition’s also available online, by paid subscription.