Shetland Experience

  • Shetland hotel

    Your second hotel on Shetland dates from the 1500's

  • Eshaness

    The dramatic coastline of Eshaness

  • Viking longhouse on Shetland

    Reconstructed Viking longhouse on Unst

  • Mousa broch

    A trip to Mousa, famous for its wildlife and 2000 year old broch, is included in your tour

  • Unst boat song

    Words to the Unst Boat Song..an ancient Shetland song

  • Gannets on Shetland

    See the island's gannet colony on the rugged cliffs on Noss

  • Shetland knitwear

    Learn about Shetland's textile industry

  • Shetland

    Shetland's rugged coastline is dramatically beautiful

  • Voe Shetland

    The Scandinavian-looking picturesque village of Voe

A holiday designed to give you the chance to see the best of Shetland, described by "Lonely Planet" in 2011 as one of the top places to visit in the world.  This option is based on the comfortable overnight ferry services from Aberdeen. This is a magical place, with a completely different feel from the rest of Scotland. What's more, the Shetland Isles are experiencing ever increasing popularity thanks to BBC's hit TV series “Shetland” based on Ann Cleeve's gritty, iconic crime stories.

Day One

Ferry departs Aberdeen early evening, giving you a chance to enjoy dinner on board before retiring to your cabin.

Day Two

Arrival at Shetland's capital, Lerwick at 0730 so plenty of time to start exploring today, before taking a short ferry ride to your first base. You will stay for the next two nights in a unique and award winning guesthouse which is also Shetland’s first and only spa.  Set on the small island of Bressay, the house is just a short and easily accessible 5 minute ferry ride from Lerwick.  From a modern house built in the traditional Shetland style, guests will appreciate the expansive views across the sound to the islands beyond, particularly enjoyable from the wooden deck.   As you enter the guesthouse an air of calm relaxation pervades the Swedish- influenced interior and the friendly owners have created a comfortable, almost soothing haven.  They believe in an holistic approach to care and well-being and this shines through everything they offer, from the seasonal, organic local produce and home made goodies they serve, to the gentle lighting, candles, restful bedrooms – just four – and congenial dining arrangements.    Should you decide to treat yourself, there is a tempting range of alternative therapies to choose from and the excellent spa facilities include a Hydro Spa, Infrared Detox Sauna, Aromatherapy Hot Tub, Floatation Therapy Room, Turkish Steam Room, Sauna and Hot Hydro Pool  -  perfect after a day spent enjoying the local Shetland countryside.  A mini spa session is included in your stay - please note the minimum age for guests is 18 years.

Day Three

A full day to relax or tour some of the highlights, with a trip by small ferry to the island of Mousa included, famous for its wildlife and its 2000 year old broch - a prehistoric dwelling, one of the best preserved in Scotland.

Day Four

Your touring today will take you to the west of the islands, perhaps to the dramatic coastline of Eshaness and the newly established Geopark. Your second hotel is set on the edge of a village overlooking a peaceful bay.  The original, historic building dates from the 1500’s and has benefited from many tasteful additions throughout the centuries.  Low ceilings, winding corridors, steep steps and sloping floors all add to the characterful ambience of the place which, rumour has it, includes its' very own ghost.   Guests comment on the friendly welcome and traditional service they have received here and the hotel even has royal connections: the Queen of England once took afternoon tea in the library.  Less regal guests can enjoy meals in the hotel bar or restaurant, both of which offer high quality, locally-sourced produce.   All the bedrooms are individually decorated and named after the surrounding isles, and have views of the bay or the gardens, complete with trees – a rare and welcome occurrence on Shetland.

Day Five

We would recommend taking a day trip to the northern islands of Yell and Unst, the most northerly parts of the British mainland, using the regular ferry services. These contrasting islands are still vibrant communities: Yell has wonderful sandy beaches, while Unst has over a third of Shetland's pony population - watch out for them as they behave like sheep on the roads!  To the north of Unst lies Muckle Flugga, with its famous lighthouse at the very far north of Great Britain.

Day Six

Another day to explore, with options including the beautiful St Ninian's Isle and its unusual "tombola" sandy beach, the ancient settlement of Jarlshof and Sumburgh head, a nesting place for puffins until early August. Your ferry departs late afternoon or early evening for Aberdeen, arriving the next morning.

This is a twin-centre holiday on Shetland, staying in the West Mainland and on the small island of Bressay, close to Lerwick.

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£725 per person in March, £750 per person in April, £780 per person for May, June & September, £800 per person for July & August. Prices based on 2 adults sharing a room, for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis in the hotels as described, return ferry travel for car and passengers from Aberdeen to Shetland, including accommodation in an outer two berth cabin in both directions. Meals on board are not included. The holiday also includes a mini spa session at the first hotel and the unique Seabirds & Seals boat trip. All our Shetland holidays include a map of the islands with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday. All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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