• Explore the wonderfully atmospheric, uninhabited island of Mousa, home to seabirds and waders including storm petrels
• Absorb the remarkable history of Shetland, from Neolithic settlements to Viking remains
• Make an excursion to the island of Unst to visit the Keen of Hamar Nature Reserve, with its otherworldly appearance and rare plantlife
conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB
Tour assembles 1100 at Glen Orchy Guest House, Lerwick, or 1200 at Sumburgh Airport. Afternoon: Sumburgh Head (puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes with possibility of seals and humpback whales) and Jarlshof prehistoric site (time permitting). Transfer to Lerwick for five nights at Glen Orchy Guest House. Welcome and introduction.
South Mainland for Croft House Museum, St Ninian’s Isle then by boat to uninhabited island of Mousa (broch with towering walls), seals and seabirds.
Tingwall: valley (wild flowers) and loch (whooper swans), Althing (Viking parliament), 18th century Tingwall Kirk and Scalloway Museum & Castle (time permitting). By ferry to island of Whalsay (centre of Shetland fishing industry): Yoxie and Beenie Hoose (Neolithic houses), restored Hanseatic booth (warehouse). Late night excursion to Mousa to view storm petrels (weather permitting).
North Mainland: moorland and coastal scenery around Ronas Hill with visits to Mavis Grind (regular crossing point for otters) and Urraforth Ayre. Evening talk.
By boat to bird cliffs of Noss (guillemot, gannet, Shetland wren, rock pipit) followed by walking tour and free time in historical Lerwick (esplanade, 17th century Fort Charlotte, Victorian town hall).
By ferry from Toft to Fetlar (waders, whimbrels, serpentine moorland): Houbie, Loch of Funzie, serpentine moorland. By boat from Fetlar to Unst for two nights at Baltasound Hotel. Optional evening walk in search of otters.
Whole day excursion to Hermaness National Nature Reserve (puffins, gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes) and Keen of Hamar (serpentine desert landscape). Evening talk.
Depart hotel by coach and ferry for Sumburgh via Lerwick. Arrive Sumburgh Airport in time for afternoon flight (subject to scheduling). Please note today’s itinerary will depend on updated flight and ferry information for 2021.
7 Jun — 14 Jun 2021
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This tour will involve frequent walks, some short and others of up to four miles, mostly over paths but occasionally along cliff tops and over rough ground. Participants should be able to walk for up to 90 minutes and stand for 30 minutes.
Please note travel to and from Shetland is not included in the cost of this tour. We recommend that you plan to arrive in Shetland either before June 7, or in time for a morning departure from Lerwick (if travelling by ferry) or by noon (if travelling by air) on June 7. The visits on June 7 will be in close proximity to the airport so a later flight arrival is also possible, however you may miss some of the day’s itinerary. Final transport arrangements, including our return on June 14, will depend on flight and ferry schedules for 2021 – we would be happy to advise you on this once more information is available.
Cost of £1995 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five lunches (mostly packed), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: return travel, travel insurance, double for single use supplement £285.