Beware — it gets busy with rowdy and sometimes obnoxious Dutch youngsters during the holiday season, which runs from June to September.
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Neighbouring Vlieland has more of a family atmosphere, while Ameland has quaint villages, but explodes with tourists during summer.
Last, but not least, is Schiermonnikoog: small, but also much more quiet.
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The island of Terschelling was formed in medieval times after a sand bank known as De Schelling merged with the island located east from it, Wexalia.