Our Shetland and Outer Isles tour has just got even better: with more lunches, wine at dinner, hotel porterage, and service charges all included for 2018, as well as the great hotels and expert guides you’ve already come to love, there’s never been a better time to pay a visit to Shetland with us.
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.
- Rich wildlife on the Island of Mousa
- 3000 years of archaeological history at Jarlshof
- Muness Castle – the most northerly castle in the British Isles
- The stunning sea cliffs of Noss
- Bobby’s bus shelter in Baltasound – surely the most famous in the world!
- We’re covering more than ever in the price of your 2018 tour, including:
- All tips
- More lunches and wine served with dinner
- On-board water bottles on coach journeys
- Return coach travel from Aberdeen, Montrose, Arbroath, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline, Edinburgh or Glasgow
- 4 nights’ dinner (with wine), bed and full breakfast: 2 nights’ staying at the Busta House Hotel, Lerwick and 2 nights’ stay on the Northlink Ferry
- Comfortable coaching throughout
- Visits to Shetland Croft House Museum, Yell, Jarlshof and Mousa broch
- Services of a tour manager
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability. Some pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers being achieved.
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.