Looking south over Weisdale Voe
Weisdale © Gill Nadin

Westside Short Tours with Go Shetland Tours

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January — December

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The Westside of Shetland is often missed by visitors, but its wonderful coastline and long, narrow Atlantic inlets reaching deep into the hills should be explored. Visit a 'Cake Fridge', meet Shetland ponies, dogs and sheep, and picnic with a minion!

Like many Shetlanders, we would say that 'West is Best', but we are biased - we live here. The wonderful scenery, thriving communities based on the traditions of crofting and fishing, and the weather which is often better than the east side, all make this a great place to explore, but few visitors do. Let us give you a short introduction to some of our favourite places and people.

This 3 hour tour will include...........

  • A visit to see Marion at Tresta, with the family’s Shetland Ponies, Shetland Sheepdogs and flock of coloured Shetland sheep. Marion's family have lived here on the croft for several generations and she will be happy to chat to you, while you view the animals. Her daughter Amanda lives next door and now runs the croft and the Breckenlea Shetland pony stud. This stop will ensure you can get up close to Shetland’s native animals in their homeland. This visit is outside, but if the weather is particularly inclement there will be some shelter available.
  • A visit to the 'Cake Fridge', where you will have the opportunity to purchase a take-away cake and hot drink for our picnic stop at...........
  • Michaelswood - a small woodland planted in memory of a young musician. It has become a favourite with locals and visitors alike, with its Philosopher's Trail, many features for children and its tranquil setting. You will have the opportunity for a short stroll and there is some shelter if the weather is inclement.
  • A scenic drive through typical Westside landscapes with quiet roads, open vistas and dramatic seascapes.
  • Photostops at scenic viewpoints.

This tour is available for individuals and groups of up to 18. Please see our website for further details and prices.

This tour can also be extended to suit individual groups - please contact us for ideas and prices. For example.....

  • We could arrange lunch at one of the many community halls around Shetland - run by volunteers, they are a vital part of our rural communities and you would meet locals who will be delighted to chat. Depending on availability, there may also be an opportunity to view the work of local crafts people, with some items for sale.
  • You could visit the workshop at Shetland Jewellery to see the items being made and browse in the shop.
  • We could stop at Bonhoga Gallery - a converted grain mill dating from 1855. Now operated by Shetland Arts, it hosts a programme of exhibitions featuring applied arts and craft. There is a small shop with an opportunity to purchase unusual gifts and souvenirs that you will not find elsewhere in Shetland.
  • There are many other sites on the Westside that we could include - please ask for ideas if you have a particular interest, eg. archeology, geology, nature, beaches, walks, history, etc.

Contact details

Go Shetland Tours
Robinson Transport
Lerwick Mainland, Shetland
Minibus Small coach
Private Small Group (1-16)
History Landscapes

Tour company information

Go Shetland Tours

We offer guided bus, minibus and walking tours with an accredited local guide, as well as bus, mini-bus and taxi hire. Our small team each have extensive knowledge and experience travelling around Shetland and are keen to showcase what Shetland has to offer. Pre-planned or tailor-made trips for individuals and groups of any size up to 43. Any duration - a couple of hours to several days. We can help you plan your tour to make the most of your time in the Islands, whether you have a specific interest or just wish to experience a little of everything that Shetland has to offer.

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