Hermaness walk

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Hermaness, Unst, Shetland

Shetland Islands walking tour

Travel 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland to Shetland and walk along spectacular coasts, visit historic sites, learn about Viking culture and see large seabird colonies.

Shetland is an archipelago of islands 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland. At 60 degrees north, Shetland enjoys almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer, and the sun, low in the sky, brings a quality of light that is quite unlike anywhere else in Scotland. The geology of the islands is ancient and complex. That, together with the erosive effect of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, has created a landscape characterised by dramatic cliffs, long fjord like ‘voes’ and beautiful sandy beaches.

The islands are a haven for wildlife. Walking through the landscape birds are ever present, grey and common seals are numerous and even sighting of otters and orcas are not uncommon.

The human history on the islands stretches back to Neolithic times. Iron age brochs and Norse archaeological sites are among the best anywhere in world. The Norse heritage of the islands has had a profound effect on the dialect, culture and way of life. The Shetlander’s welcome is warm and adds greatly to a visitor’s enjoyment of these wonderful islands.

We start the tour in Glasgow, travelling by train to Aberdeen where we catch the ferry to Lerwick.

The tour takes in the southern and northernmost parts of Shetland, including the islands Papa Stour, Mousa and Unst. Our base is Shetland’s capital and main town, Lerwick. Although there aren’t always paths, short grass underfoot makes for easy going. On a number of the days we’ll use boats and ferries to access remoter islands.

Our base is Shetland’s capital and main town, Lerwick.

Day-by day programme:

  • Friday: Glasgow - Aberdeen - overnight ferry to Shetland
  • Saturday: Staneydale Temple and Culswick
  • Sunday: St Ninian's isle, Jarlshof and Mousa
  • Monday: Unst
  • Tuesday: Fethaland
  • Wednesday: Papa Stour
  • Thursday: Noss and West Burra - boarding overnight ferry to Anerdeen
  • Friday: Aberdeen - Glasgow
  • From £1580 per adult

    Departure days

    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Wednesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday
    • Sunday

    May — September

    Contact details

    About Argyll Walking Holidays

    Letters Lodge South
    PA27 8BZ

    Tour information


    • Aberdeen
    • Glasgow


    8 Days


    • Boat
    • Minibus
    • Train
    • Walking


    • Bespoke
    • Private
    • Small Group (1-16)


    • English


    • Adventure
    • Archaeology
    • Geology
    • History
    • Island Hopping
    • Landscapes
    • Walking
    • Walking/Hiking
    • Wildlife

    Covid 19 Facilities

    • COVID-19 measures in place
    • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
    • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
    • COVID-19 staff training completed

    Tour prices

    From £1580 Per Adult

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    About Argyll Walking Holidays

    About Argyll Walking Holidays offers guided walking holidays and hiking tours in beautiful but undiscovered parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We will take you to quiet, remote corners that can only be reached on foot, enabling you to enjoy the solitude of Scotland's secret places. With About Argyll you can discover more about the history and culture, nature and landscape of what is one of the world's most excitingly varied small countries. We offer both scheduled walking holidays and bespoke private guided hiking trips.

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