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Spectacular Shetland Experience

Holiday Highlights

  • See stunning Shetland scenery – from rugged coastlines to sparkling fjords and pretty villages
  • Discover the remote northern islands of Yell and Unst - the furthest north that you can travel in Britain
  • See the poignant memorial at Sullom Voe
  • Explore Scalloway Castle, the site since Norse times of the Parliament for Orkney and Shetland

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • Return coach travel
  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Touring itinerary

A treasure trove of untapped beauty, a different world awaits you on the remote Shetland Isles, the most northerly point of the British Isles. Our comprehensive tour will leave you with fond memories of this unique destination.

 

Our holiday begins as we travel up through the Scottish borders to Aberdeen, for our first overnight stay. Aberdeen is known as the 'Sparkling City', due to the granite used in many of the buildings. After time to explore the next day, we take the overnight ferry crossing to Lerwick, where we meet our local guide the next morning and begin our comprehensive trip around the islands, from our base in Sumburgh.

 

As we explore the mainland, we'll pass some dramatic scenery, including Sumburgh Head and Scord Viewpoint, as well as visiting the interesting Tangwick Haa, Shetland and Scalloway Museums for an insight into the islands' history. Other places of interest include the poignant Sullom Voe Memorial, medieval Scalloway Castle and fascinating Jarlshof, which has been described as one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the British Isles. When storms ripped open the cliffs here, they revealed an extraordinary settlement embracing 4,000 years of human history.

 

Travelling by ferry, we'll also explore the northern islands of Yell and Unst, the furthest north you can travel in Britain. Here you'll be dazzled by the enchanting landscapes of moorland wilderness and fjords as we enjoy a scenic drive.

 

The Shetlands are a wonderful destination to explore and we look forward to introducing you to the islands on our unique holiday.

Holiday Details

Day 1: Home to Aberdeen
We travel through the Scottish Borders and on to the Thistle Aberdeen Airport Hotel tonight.
Day 2: From Aberdeen to Lerwick
Enjoy time to explore the granite city of Aberdeen at leisure before we make our way in the late afternoon to the ferry terminal for the overnight sailing to Lerwick, where dinner and breakfast is enjoyed on board the ship. (B,D)
Day 3: Exploring Northern Mainland
Once on dry land we meet a local guide and start our tour of the Shetlands. We see the fishing village of Voe, visit the interesting museum of Tangwick Haa and then drive to Eshaness. At Sullom Voe we’ll view the memorial to the airmen, who lost their lives during the Second World War, then we call at the Shetland Jewellery Workshop before heading to the Sumburgh Hotel for three nights.
Day 4: Exploring Southern Mainland
A leisurely day today as we enjoy views across to Mousa Island and journey via Bigton to pass St Ninian’s Isle. We visit Jarlshof archaeological site and Quendale Mill. We also call at the interesting Croft House Museum, where we will gain an insight into how a typical family unit lived, with the sea as their main provider.
Day 5: We’re off to the Northern Islands
We travel north today to catch the ferry to visit the remote islands of Yell and Unst, seeing moorland wilderness and Shetlands’ own fjords. It’s then on to the Old Haa Museum, before continuing along the east coast of Yell to Gutcher to catch the ferry to Unst. We visit Unst Boat Haven, before heading back to the mainland.
Day 6: Discovering West & Central Mainland
Today we travel south to the islands of Trondra and Burra. Passing Scord viewpoint overlooking Scalloway we visit places of interest including the ‘Shetland Bus’ Memorial. We visit Scalloway Castle and museum before taking a guided tour of the award-winning Shetland Museum in Lerwick. This afternoon we board the Northlink ferry for the return overnight crossing to Aberdeen.
Day 7: Aberdeen to Blairgowerie
We enjoy breakfast on board the ship before disembarking, call at Braemar, then on to Blairgowerie, where we stay tonight at the Angus Hotel.
Day 8: Blairgowerie to home
Our Shetland Experience draws to a close as we head home.

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