Shetland Islands Escape Independent Holiday
A 6 Day Independent Holiday departing on Tuesdays from either Aberdeen or Scrabster.
- Shetland’s Remarkable Archaeology and World-Class Wildlife
- World-Famous Shetland Ponies
- Warm Island Hospitality
- Breath-taking Landscapes & Coastal Panoramas
- Discover Five Magical Isles
- Cruise the North Sea
More detailed information on each day of this holiday can be found in the expandable tabs below.
Travel to Lerwick in Shetland on-board cruise ferry. Check into a comfortable cabin for the overnight journey.
Meet your driver-guide again and depart for Sandwick where you will embark on a short cruise across Mousa Sound to the Mousa R.S.P.B. Nature Reserve. During the crossing, you may spot otters and porpoises or even a killer whale hunting seals.
Then, explore this wild island teeming with spectacular wildlife, including Common and Grey Seals, Arctic Terns, Arctic Skuas, Great Skuas and more than 6,000 breeding pairs of Storm Petrels. Mousa is also home to the world famous Mousa Broch, described as the finest surviving example of a 2,000 year old Iron Age tower. Ascend this magnificent structure’s internal stairway to the open walkway at the top and marvel at the stunning panoramic views.
Also visit the fascinating Clickimin Broch on the Shetland Mainland, which comprises a broch tower and secondary buildings dating back to the Iron Age, as well as Shetland’s ancient capital at Scalloway and its 17th century Castle.
Return to the Lerwick in the late afternoon and check into your comfortable accommodation for three nights.
Meet your driver-guide again for your discovery of Northmavine, arguably the wildest and most beautiful parish in Shetland. Travel through the picturesque village of Voe then cross Shetland’s narrowest point Mavis Grind, which separates the North Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at the superb views across Ronas Voe, a narrow fjord cutting deep into North Mainland, to the red granite cliffs and Shetland’s highest summit at Ronas Hill.
Stop for photos of Da Drongs, dramatic stacks in St Magnus Bay, en-route to the fascinating Tangwick Haa Museum, which is accommodated in a 17th century laird’s house (Haa) and illustrates the way of life in Northmavine through the ages. Then, visit the peninsula of Esha Ness where you will find the Esha Ness Lighthouse established by David A. and Charles Stevenson in 1929, and stunning coastal views of the cliffs and sea stacks.
Depart for your tour of Shetland’s scenic South Mainland, including a walk across the sand tombolo to the famous St. Ninian’s Isle for a visit to the medieval chapel where the ancient treasure was found.
Continue to the fascinating Croft House Museum to learn about 19th century life on the island. Then, discover the first lighthouse in Shetland at spectacular Sumburgh Head, established by Robert Stevenson in 1821, and walk along the imposing cliffs of Sumburgh Head R.S.P.B. Nature Reserve, home to thousands of seabirds in the summer, including a thriving puffin colony.
Finally, stop at Jarlshof, described as one of the most remarkable archaeological sites ever excavated in the British Isles, and explore the ancient settlements spanning the late Bronze Age through to the Middle Ages.
Shetland Wildlife Cruise (14th May to 12th September)
Embark on a spectacular morning wildlife cruise around the Islands of Bressay and Noss with an expert guide. Spot razorbills, guillemots, puffins, gannets and much more at the Noss National Nature Reserve, explore cliffs and caves, and watch for seals, whales, dolphins and otters.
View awesome aquatic life, including starfish, crabs, sea urchins, soft corals and jellyfish, with an underwater camera which has been tethered to a mini submarine.
Please Note: This excursion operates weather permitting. On certain occasions we reserve the right to instead arrange a guided walking tour of Lerwick, subject to availability of local guide.
Spend an afternoon in Lerwick at your leisure.
Suggestion: Explore Lerwick, Shetland’s Viking capital. Discover the 18th century Lodberries, historic buildings along Old Lerwick’s harbour front; Fort Charlotte, an 18th century artillery fortress; and the fantastic new Shetland Museum and Archives which will captivate you with the story of Shetland.
Later, transfer to the ferry terminal and embark on the overnight sailing to Aberdeen. Check into a comfortable cabin for the journey.
Arrive in Aberdeen at 7am on the overnight ferry. Enjoy breakfast on-board with your complimentary voucher before disembarking at Aberdeen Harbour.
Your Shetland Independent Holiday Includes:
- Cruise ferry sailings including 2 overnights in a cabin with private facilities
- Hotel accommodation with private facilities for 3 nights in Shetland
- Driver-guided small group tours of:
- Shetland’s South Mainland
- Shetland’s North Mainland
- Shetland Isle of Mousa & Central Mainland
- Shetland wildlife cruise
- Inter-island ferry sailings
- Land transfers as outlined
- Admission to sites as outlined
- 5 breakfasts including full Scottish and continental options
- Holiday Concierge Service
- CO2 Offset for travel within the UK (non-refundable)
Excludes meals other than those specified, items of a personal nature, travel insurance, and gratuities.
Single supplement from £315
- Prices quoted are per person and are a guide only. Please contact us for the exact price of your chosen departure date.
- This holiday is independent and unescorted. It is not a group departure and is subject to availability at time of booking.
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