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Shetland's Winter Wildlife

From £95 per adult

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November — March

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Shetland's Winter Wildlife - a full day seeking out our special winter wildlife visitors. Operates daily during the period 1 November - 31 March.

As famous as Shetland is for her incredible array of wildlife during the summer months, winter can be equally as enthralling.

Our lochs are jam-packed with wintering wildfowl from Iceland, northern Europe and western Siberia - hundreds of Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal and Goldeneye can be found with ease, as can Icelandic Whooper Swans. For the really keen birder there's often a goodie or two to be seen like a wintering White-billed Diver or a King Eider.

On the coast, further ornithological attractions include 'easy' Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Black Guillemots, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, masses of Long-tailed Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Turnstones and the delightful Slavonian Grebe. For mammal buffs, there are guaranteed close encounters with both Common and Grey Seals (bring your cameras!) and we can often find small numbers of Harbour Porpoise.

Out on the hills, the frosty-coloured Mountain Hare can be found with relative ease - unless it's snowing!

Winter is also the best time of year to see Otters. There are many misconceptions about watching Otters here in Shetland. Folk will tell you that dawn and dusk are the best times, some folk will tell you they are impossible to see at any time of year and some folk will tell you that they are so rare, you just don't stand a chance. Trust us, adages like that are nothing more than old wives tales but you do need to know how, where and what to look for - and that's where we come into play!

The short daylight hours mean that Otters are more active in winter than at any other time of year and our favourite sites often yield stunning views of animals on feeding forays - and it's not unusual for us to see mothers with their cubs. So, join us for an exhilarating, educational and fun day out this winter.

  • Operates daily during the period 1 November - 31 March.
  • Cost: ¬£95 per person. Minimum 2 persons required to operate; ¬£175 for one person if minimum number not achieved.
  • Duration: 7 - 8 hours (typically) 0830 - 1600 (approx). Pick up in Sumburgh or points north to Lerwick.
  • Transportation: in our very own VW 9-seater minibus (ideal for photography).
  • Lunch: please bring a packed lunch. We will provide hot drinks free of charge.
  • Please note: wear warm, waterproof and windproof clothing plus strong, sturdy footwear (eg walking boots or a snug fitting pair of wellies).
  • Binoculars: essential - provided for those that don't have a pair but please do let us know.

COVID-19 information

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Shetland Wildlife
Windy Stacks
Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Driver guide Minibus
Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Geology History Landscapes Outdoor Activities Photography Walking Walking/Hiking Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £95 Per Adult
  • £95 Per child
  • £95 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour company information

Shetland Wildlife

Founded in 1993, we are the No.1 choice for birding, mammal, botanical, photographic and walking holidays in Shetland. Choose from over 40 3-day and 7-day wildlife-filled holidays. Day tours plus bespoke packages also arranged. We are the only award-winning eco-tourism holiday business resident in Shetland and rated as 'Excellent' by our customers on TripAdvisor. Visit us online at

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Open Year Round 1 Jan - 31 Dec

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