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Scotland’s Shetland Islands

Scotland’s Shetland Islands

From $ 2,695 AUD

Description

Discover the many charms of the Shetland Islands on a small group tour featuring dramatic coastlines, towering sea cliffs, wildlife spotting, and history galore. Lerwick, a charming town that plays host to the Shetland Museum, is filled with historic buildings and your home away from home on this trip. Private minibus adventures will take you to famous Eshaness and the most northerly point in the United Kingdom to spot local wildlife like puffins and seals. Add a quaint town and atmospheric pubs to enjoy at the end of each day and this trip has it all.

Trip Name
Scotland's Shetland Islands
Last Updated
2022-08-07
Days
6
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Lerwick, a charming town filled with historic buildings, makes for the perfect base for your trip. Unpack once, settle in, and enjoy a warm welcome back at the end of each day.
  • Tour the Shetland Museum which celebrates the local history with engaging interactive exhibits and world renowned collections of historic artefacts and documents.
  • Keep a lookout for puffins on a private minibus trip to Muckle Flugga which is home to the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and the most northerly point in the United Kingdom.
  • Take a private minibus tour to Eshaness and be captivated by the crashing waves, dramatic sea cliffs, and history which makes this destination a Shetland Islands ‘must visit’.
  • Maximise your time by catching the overnight ferry where you will snooze in a comfortable ‘sleeping pod’ that reclines 70 degrees to help you get a good night’s rest.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes even Tuesdays). We recommend you carefully consider which sites and museums you are going to want to visit and that you do some research and make your reservations in advance where required/possible.

Day 1 - Aberdeen to Lerwick
Welcome to Aberdeen! Meet your leader and the rest of your group in the late afternoon and catch the overnight ferry to Lerwick in Shetland. On the overnight ferry you will have a comfortable ‘sleeping pod’ that reclines 70 degrees to help you get a good night’s rest before your Shetland Island adventure begins tomorrow.
Day 2 - Lerwick
After we disembark the ferry at 8am, we will drop our bags at the hotel and take a walking tour of Lerwick, Shetland’s only town. This afternoon is yours to discover Lerwick your way, perhaps by raising a glass at the Lerwick Brewery, spotting local wildlife on a boat tour, or taking a stroll along the waterfront. Tonight you may like to have dinner at one of Lerwick’s cosy pubs.
Day 3 - Sumburgh
After breakfast, join your guide for a tour of the Shetland Museum which celebrates the local history with engaging interactive exhibits and world renowned collections of historic artefacts and documents. You may like to grab a bite to eat before we catch the public bus to Sumburgh for a hike to Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head. Enjoy stunning coastal views as you take in the historic sites of Jarlshof and walk to the Sumburgh Head lighthouse where we will learn about the area’s history, from the early Iron Age settlers to the lighthouse keepers who kept sailors safe from harm. After our return to Lerwick in the late afternoon, you may like to head out for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 - Muckle Flugga
After breakfast, we will take a private minibus trip to Muckle Flugga which is home to the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and the most northerly point in the United Kingdom. Perched on jagged rocks rising out of the sea just off the coast of Unst, the lighthouse was built to protect British ships heading into battle during the Crimean War and was originally tended to by three lighthouse keepers. Keep an eye out for puffins as you take in the wild beauty of this remote location. On your return to Lerwick, you may like to head out with your group for an evening meal at a cosy pub.
Day 5 - Eshness
Today we will take another private minibus trip, this time to Eshaness for an easy coastal hike. Eshaness has it all – crashing waves, dramatic sea cliffs, and history galore. While you’re enjoying the scenic views, keep an eye out for the seabirds, seals, and otters which call this area home. We will return to Lerwick mid-afternoon in time to catch the overnight ferry back to Aberdeen. Once again, you will be able to enjoy a good night’s rest in a comfortable reclining ‘sleeping pod’.
Day 6 - Lerwick to Aberdeen
On your arrival in Aberdeen at approximately 7am, your Shetland Islands adventure will come to an end. If you would like to spend some time in Aberdeen, we will be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
23-04-202328-04-2023AUD $ 2,695-
21-05-202326-05-2023AUD $ 2,695-
11-06-202316-06-2023AUD $ 2,695-
18-06-202323-06-2023AUD $ 2,695-
09-07-202314-07-2023AUD $ 2,740-
06-08-202311-08-2023AUD $ 2,740-
27-08-202301-09-2023AUD $ 2,695-
10-09-202315-09-2023AUD $ 2,695-

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights),Overnight Ferry (2 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Overnight Ferry

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