The ultimate for nature & wildlife lovers, we will be island hopping to UK’s most northerly cliffs experiencing wild & remote nature, beaches, cliffs, wildlife galore, Eshaness cliffs, Sumburgh, ancient Jarlshof, Vikings, Scalloway & a lot more.
SHETLAND ISLES – 5 day tour – start/finish Stirling Uni – along the route to the ferry in Aberdeen we also pick up in St. Andrews – Dundee & Aberdeen & other places (Edinburgh, etc.) on request
The journey time from Stirling to Aberdeen is 3 hours, but there are plenty of nice places along the coast, beaches (Lunan bay and St. Cyrus), cliffs north of historic Arbroath towns to stop at, incl. stopping for lunch along the way. If we arrive early in Aberdeen, we can visit the Beach boulevard, Aberdeen harbour “the largest in Scotland”, beautiful Footdee and maybe even Old Aberdeen and the University.
The ferry from Aberdeen departs at 17.00 hours (both ways by the way the ferry has a mid-night stop in Kirkwall/Orkney, which means, that if you are up early – pre-dawn will start as of 3am – you might even get a glimpse of Fair Isle – as our route then goes that way) – we would like to check in by 15.00 hours.
Our ferry is due to arrive at 7am into Lerwick and today we will visit the South mainland of Shetland, the tombola beach of St. Ninian’s isle, Sumburgh head, the cliffs, the lighthouse and if you wish the neollithic Jarlshof settlement. Depending on your preferences, the weather and ferries, there is also the option to visit Mousa island with its best preserved broch or heading over to Bressay and Noss. Scalloway is the ancient capital of Shetland and it is stunning, beautiful and has a colourful harbour and one of the best museums on Shetland. From Hamnavoe and East & West Burra there are stunning views, walks and beaches.
We are heading north on a spectacular route towards the beautiful village of Voe, near to shops and facilities, as our base for the next 2 nights.
Today we are taking the scenic journey over to the Northern Isles of Yell and Unst and will spend the bulk of today on the UK’s most northerly island, where we have picturesque fishing villages such as Uyeasound, Baltasound and Haroldswick with a lot to explore, including beaches, the Unst boat haven & heritage centre, etc. The very reason for our visit to Unst however is the roughly 3 hours walk to visit the Hermaness nature reserve for a truly unique wilderness and wildlife experience looking down the sheer cliffs to watch thousands of seabirds – one of the UK;’s largest sea bird colony – soar. We will of course see puffins (Tammy Nories), skuas (Bonxies), guillemots, arctic terns and lots of majestic gannets as well and be able to catch a glimpse of the Muckle Flugga lighthouse and rocks – we are further north than Bergen in Norway, which is a lot closer than Aberdeen and we will enjoy over 18 hours of daylight.
There will be plenty for us to visit on our way back south through Unst, Yell and back to the Northern mainland of Shetland.
Today we are heading towards the stunning seacliffs of Eashanes, go for some walks, marvel at natural arches and want to take in as much as possible of the Northern (Rhona’s Voe,) and Western mainland (Walls and the stunning route towards Papa Stour with stunning views of Foula – with the UK’s highest 400 m sheer cliffs in the distance – , great views, fjords, stunning wee villages. We always see seals, but with some luck might spot some otters and whales as well. In the early afternoon we are heading back towards the Lerwick area to catch our overnight ferry.
It will be a stunning journey again past the South mainland and in the early hours we will pass the magical Fair Isle again on the way back.
The ferry arrives back into Aberdeen at 7am and depending on the weather and the group’s wishes there is the beautiful coastal route, but also the stunning inland mountain route back to Stirling with plenty of new places to explore, that we have not yet seen on the outbound journey. North of Aberdeen we also have the longest beach, sand dunes and great cliffs and sand dunes and can visit a nature reserve with a big seal colony, if you wish.
EXTRAS TO PAY:
* food, drink, entrance fees (castles, museums, attractions, etc. – for example the Scalloway museum, the Unst boat haven & heritage centre)
* Inter-islander ferries http://www.shetland.gov.uk/ferries/documents/April2017A4FaresSheet.pdf
£5.40 per passenger return journey
we will be taking at least 2 of those (Shetland mainland – Yell & Yell – Unst) and possibly more.
* Accommodation on the Shetland Isles:
2 nights pre-booked and confirmed for £12 per person per night:
Voe Sail Loft Shetland Camping bod
(or alternatively you might wish to book your own alternative accommodation in Voe)
– hostel type bunk house sleeping bag required – (if you don’t have a sleeping bag, I you would have to bring your home bedding – duvet, sheet, etc.)
Showers, toilet facilities, water heater, solid fuel fire, crockery, basic cooking utensils, fridge, microwave, kettle, compact cooker with grill, oven and 2 hotplates.
Please note that electricity is provided by a coin meter which accepts £1.00 coins only. Guests are required to pay for their own electricity.
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