Welcome to Shetland


The stirringly bleak setting – it's a Unesco geopark – still feels uniquely Scottish, though, with deep, naked glens flanked by steep hills, twinkling, sky-blue lochs and, of course, sheep on the roads.

Despite the famous ponies and woollens, it's no agricultural backwater. Offshore oil makes it quite a busy, comparatively well-heeled place, despite drops in barrel prices. Nevertheless nature still rules the seas and islands, and the birdlife is spectacular: pack binoculars.


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Akkaya Valley Day Trip from Dalyan

Akkaya Valley or Secret Valley is an idyllic location just a short drive from Dalyan, where you can appreciate beautiful scenery. After your 9:30am pickup, the first stop will be the famous Birds Nest Restaurant, situated in botanical gardens. Spend some time enjoying a drink while taking in the beauty of the gardens from your birds nest table in the trees. There are stables at the restaurant where guests can visit the Shetland ponies and ride the horses around the paddock.Take a boat up the Indus River to travel deep into the valley. On this 20 minute boat trip, look out for wild boar, storks, white tailed eagles and other amazing creatures, in the truly unspoiled nature that surrounds you. Whilst enjoying the dramatic scenery, your tour guide will tell you about the incredible history of the river and the valley itself.Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch, relaxing, and swimming in the cool waters of the river. There is also the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout and explore the river further by taking a paddle in one of the canoes. This is a real nature lover’s dream and a peaceful, relaxing day that you won’t forget. End the day with a drop off at your Dalyan accommodation.

$19.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Lerwick Audio Tour

The city of Lerwick is filled with a rich history that spans over 5000 years. On this audio tour you’ll be able to learn about its life during the Viking, Scottish and Norwegian Rule and how its shaped into the city it is today at the Shetland Museum. Enjoy walking through the narrow streets and coastline to see the mighty Fort Charlotte and boats that are always coming and going. You will also see the Market Cross, the Old Tolbooth, the Lodberries, the Sletts, Clickimin Broch, the Up Helly-Aa Museum, Town Hall and the Commercial Street Shops. Your tour. Your way.

$1035.93 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day 'Up Helly Aa Fire Festival' Experience in the Shetland Islands from Edinburgh

Day 1: Edinburgh to LerwickLeave Edinburgh and travel through the Kingdom of Fife. Stop at the town of St. Andrews to enjoy some free time. Continue to Aberdeen in the afternoon, and board for your ferry for your overnight crossing to the Shetland Islands.Overnight: ferry on the North SeaDay 2: Lerwick, Shetland After sailing into Lerwick, spend the morning exploring Shetland. Then head to the north of the island in the afternoon to check out the coastal areas of Lunna and Eshaness. Return for a night out in the Shetland.Overnight: LerwickDay 3: ShetlandIn the south of Shetland, visit one of Scotland's finest prehistoric sites, before moving onto the old capital, Scalloway. Return to Lerwick to prepare for the main event with some celebrations in town.Overnight: LerwickDay 4: 'Up Helly Aa Fire Festival' in Lerwick Follow the procession from Lerwick Community Centre down to the British Legion for a photo stop. Pose next to the Galley (a real Viking longship) with the Jarl Squad, and then head through Lerwick center to the main square for the Proclamation of the Bill. Then follow the procession to Bressay Ferry Terminal where the Jarl Squad leave to carry out their civic duties. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to soak up the 'Up Helly Aa' atmosphere. In the early evening, meet back up with your guide to see the Junior Jarl Squad Torchlight Procession and Burning of the Junior Galley. Overnight: LerwickDay 5: Lerwick to AberdeenMeet your guide for a day of leisurely paced sightseeing around the northern half of the Shetland Mainland. Call in at the High Court of Tynwald.Where you go will be decided by your guide depending on weather conditions, but examples of where you may go include the parishes of Delting, Lunnasting or Nesting. Discover wild stretches of moorland with Shetland ponies or perhaps visit the jagged shores of Lunna Ness to see seals and otters. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, check out of your hotel and then board your ferry for your overnight crossing back to Scotland’s mainland.Overnight: ferry on the North SeaDay 6: Aberdeen to Edinburgh After arriving at Aberdeen, board your minibus and travel south back toward Edinburgh. Enjoy a stop in the pretty parish of Crathie Kirk, where the British Royal Family worship when vacationing in the Highlands. Continue to the resting place of John Brown, the faithful ghillie (servant) of Queen Victoria. Stretch your legs on a walk around his grave, enjoy a break for lunch and then travel through the mountains and scenic hills of Royal Braemar. Your 6-day tour finishes with a drop-off at the start point in Edinburgh in the early evening.

$4999 Marine

Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords - Edinburgh to Tromsø

Go deeper into the otherworldly fjords of Norway on this unique journey from Scotland, across the Norwegian Sea to the fjords of Norway. Discover UNESCO-protected wonders like the Standing Stones of Stennes and the mystical Ring of Brodgar, visit archaeological sites, witness the curious clash of cultures in the Shetland Islands, and marvel at the stunning forests and waterfalls that line the fjords. Even after you come home, a part of you will remain here forever.