The Shetland Islands
6 Jun — 13 Jun 2022 | Tour Director: Peter Exley
• 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 1045 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 four nights at Glen Orchy Guest House. Welcome and introduction.
South Mainland for 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).
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).
North Mainland: moorland and coastal scenery around Ronas Hill with visits to Mavis Grind (regular crossing point for otters) and Urraforth Ayre. Evening talk. Three nights at Brae Hotel.
By ferry via Yell to Fetlar (waders, whimbrels): Houbie, Loch of Funzie, serpentine moorland. Return by ferry from Fetlar to Toft. Please note this day is subject to updated ferry schedules and local weather conditions.
By ferry via Yell to Unst for visit to Hermaness National Nature Reserve (puffins, gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes) and Keen of Hamar (serpentine desert landscape). Please note this day is subject to updated ferry schedules and local weather conditions.
Depart hotel by coach 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 2022.
6 Jun — 13 Jun 2022
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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. The longest walk is around three hours, and participants should be prepared for periods of standing.
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 6, or in time for a morning departure from Lerwick (if travelling by ferry) or airport pick-up at around noon (if travelling by air) on June 6. The visits on Day 1 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 13, will depend on flight and ferry schedules for 2022 – 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 room for single use supplement £330.