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Puffin at Sumburgh Head

Puffins & Ponies Tour with Shetland Explorer Tours

From £35 per adult

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May — August

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No visit to Shetland is complete without meeting our native ponies and spotting our colourful visiting puffins. Have your camera ready! Take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Shetland, before stopping for a bite to eat.

This tour takes you to the South Mainlaind of Shetland. On your way south you will take in beautiful coastal scenery at Fladdabister, and stop at a viewpoint from where you can see the island of Mousa. The main attraction on Mousa is the broch. You will be able to get off the bus to view the island and read the information board.

Your next stop is at Bigton, where you will see St. Ninian’s Isle which is connected to the mainland by a narrow beach called a tombolo. This stop will also take in a visit to Bigton farm with an opportunity to see Shetland ponies.

Staying on the side roads along the west coast you will stop at Rerwick beach. This is a favourite beach with seals so there will probably be an opportunity to get off the bus again and take some pictures.

After this you will re-join the main road again and head south to Sumburgh Head, where you can see many different seabirds during the summer breeding season. The favourite is puffins, and you are almost certain to see them in May, June, and July. And if you have watched the Shetland series with detective Jimmy Perez you may recognise the Sumburgh Hotel, where you will stop for lunch (4 hour tour only).

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Contact details

Shetland Explorer Tours
Lerwick Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Landscapes Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £35 Per Adult
  • £30 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour company information

Shetland Explorer Tours

Explore Shetland on one of our tours. We can help you discover Shetland's beautiful scenery, find out about our fascinating history and archaeology, encounter some of our wildlife and give you a taste of what it is like to be part of a small island community. We organise coach tours which can be booked online, or if you are looking for something a bit more personal we can organise a private tour to your requirements. Whether you are visiting Shetland for a day as part of your cruise or you are here for a longer holiday, we would love to help you explore our beautiful islands.

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All year round

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