Shetland lies 600 miles from London, and its nearest neighbour
is Orkney. Norway is just over 200 miles to the east, famously
closer than Edinburgh. Indeed, historically, the islands once
belonged to the Norwegian Crown, and its cultural influence is still
There are more than 100 islands, only 15 of which are inhabited.
The islands are formed by ancient hills that were partly submerged
when the sea level rose at the end of the last glaciation, around
12,000 years ago. Still evident, though, is a fascinating geology,
spanning over 3 billion years, and is more diverse than any similarly
sized area in Europe. This is why the Shetlands have recently been
awarded status as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
You will have the opportunity to discover ancient historical sites that
date back to Neolithic times, whilst seeing the wonderful range of
wildlife – flowers, birds and mammals. The weather can be variable
in Shetland, however sometimes the poorest weather days can
create wonderful skies.
Experience an unforgettable journey to the Shetland Isles, where
you will visit and stay on the mainland as well as exploring various
islands, taking in natural wonders and archaeological sites. This
really is a unique place, with long hours of daylight, beautiful
landscapes, fascinating wildlife and rich heritage. Take some time to
admire the scenery and explore the fascinating cultural heritage.
During our holiday we will make use of private coach transportation,
ferries and smaller boats to reach the islands we want to see, and
walk to and from. Gentle walks will be provided each day so you can
really get to know the history, culture, view the wildlife and visit the
various and vastly different Shetland islands.
Transport will take you to the places we need to go to each day.
Everything is arranged, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the