From 2016 we will be in a position to offer exclusive Shetland tours to our guests.
Jeff aims to do small group tours, and tailor them as far as he can to people’s interests and fitness. Shetland has some fantastic coastal scenery, some fascinating archaeological sites and unusual geological formations, as well as amazing wildlife.
Some suggestions for tours are:
The South Mainland. Here we would visit Jarlshof, a site that was uncovered from the snad by a huge storm over a hundred years ago. It ranges from Stone Age houses, through an Iron Age Broch and Wheelhouses onto a Viking Farm and finally the Earl’s Hall (Jarlshof) itself. We would also go to the lighthouse at Sumburgh to see the cliffs, the ponies and the seabirds. Then there are some fantastic beaches, especially the double beach linking St Ninian’s Isle with the main island. Time permitting, we can visit the Crofthouse Museum as well and see how Anona’s great grandparents probably lived.
The North West Mainland. Here we would aim for the Esha Ness lighthouse. The coastal scenery is just epic (sorry to use a term I have picked up from tv adverts, but one that is justified here), and the cliffs at the lighthouse are the remains of an extinct volcano. We would see ponies and lots of bird life. There is a ruined Victorian fishing station to explore and lots more. There is also the Nation’s best Fish and Chip Shop.
Either of these tours could be a half day or a whole day out.
The Northern Isles - Yell and Unst. This would be a (long) full day out, including two ferry journeys each way, but there is a lot to see – strange green rocks, Viking remains, unique wild flowers, the UK’s most Northerly beach/post office/pub/castle etc etc, and the best bus stop in Britain. Ponies and Birds of course. Hermaness Nature Reserve and Britain’s most Northerly point.
If you are interested, we should chat by email and I can put something together. To give you an idea on pricing, a half day tour for two people is £120 (this includes incidentals – admission fees, ferry fares, but not lunch) and a full day tour for two people is £200.
Both Anona and I look forward to seeing you at Rockvilla (whether or not you decide to take a tour).