Shetland and its Outer Isles - 2018
Once the seat of Northmen, who travelled from Norway to make their mark, Shetland and the Outer Isles are a soul-stirring joy to behold and explore.
Shetland’s status as a relative newcomer to the British Isles might go some way to explaining its uncanny, unfamiliar, yet wildly beautiful air. Relics of former Scandinavian rule abound, from place names with a distinct Nordic flavour to remarkable settlements and grisly legends. But forget the Viking leaders for a moment — today, nature is the true king here, with rocky outcrops ruled by harbour seals and storm petrels, and, very occasionally, stirringly beautiful, enigmatic orca breaking the surface of the water.
We depart from our designated departure points and travel to Aberdeen where we join the Serco Northlink ferry and sail overnight to Lerwick. Accommodation is provided in comfortable 2-berth cabins with en-suite facilities. Dinner is served on board this evening.
We arrive early in the morning at Lerwick, after breakfast we depart on a full day tour of the South Mainland and visit the Shetland Croft House Museum. We continue to the southern tip of Mainland Shetland, where we visit the outstanding Prehistoric and Norse Settlement of Jarlshof, with over 3 acres of remains, spanning 3000 years. Afterwards, we cross to the fascinating little island of Mousa broch. The island is a nature reserve and is rich in wildlife. Storm petrels, Arctic terns and skuas nest here, and harbour seals lounge on the shore.
We continue to our comfortable hotel where dinner is served this evening.
We enjoy a full day touring the northern isles of Yell and Unst. Desolate is often a word associated with Yell, but its bleak landscape of brown, blue and green is nonetheless enchanting. Unst, on the other hand, is Scotland's most northerly inhabited island, with velvet smooth hills that melt into gorgeous waterside locations. We travel as far north as it is possible to go in the British Isles this afternoon and enjoy the marvellous views from Saxa Vord Hill. We return to our hotel in evening where dinner is served.
After breakfast we will transfer to Lerwick where you are free to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion, taking a wildlife cruise to the cliffs of Noss. Sailing from Victoria Pier in Lerwick, we make our way around Bressay before arriving at Noss with its unparalleled views of the cliffs which are home to numerous species of seabirds. Accompanied by a highly experienced wildlife guide we will also enjoy an opportunity to view seals, otters and other marine wildlife along the coastal stretch. We e re-join our Northlink Ferry later this afternoon, and sails for Aberdeen. Dinner is served on board.
After breakfast on board, we disembark in Aberdeen. We return to our original pick up points.
- Four nights’ dinner (with wine), bed and breakfast: two nights stay at Busta House Hotel, Lerwick and two nights stay on the Northlink Ferry
- Two lunches included
- All coaching and ferry transfers in Scotland
- Visits to Shetland Croft House Museum, Yell, Jarlshof and Mousa broch
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Porterage at the hotels
- Gratuities (driver and tour manager)
- Bottle of mineral water each day
Supplements per person
Single room: £240.00
Travel and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request
2018 Insurance Prices
As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below:
Under 65, from £18.00 | 65-74, from £35.00 | 75 and over, from £52.00
Under 65, from £32.00 | 65-74, from £64.00 | 75 and over, from £96.00
Prices on application