Tours and Trips

Spotting the sights in Fair Isle. Zoom Spotting the sights in Fair Isle. To get the most out of your Shetland visit, fit in a trip with one, or more, of the local guides who can uncover the secrets of local history, delve into archaeological and geological mysteries and tell stories of folklore and trows. They can help you watch the wonderful wildlife, catch the biggest fish, walk the wildest landscape, or just enjoy the stunning scenery, both from the sea and on land.

Orca sightings can be quite spectacular. Zoom Orca sightings can be quite spectacular. A boat trip to experience the most spectacular and fascinating seabird colonies and, if you’re lucky, perhaps see a whale or dolphin or two, is a must for visitors interested in all things wild.

From Lerwick you can visit the incredible seabird cities at Noss national nature reserve, taking in Bressay’s coastline on the way; from Sandwick you can enjoy the Mousa RSPB reserve’s interesting wildlife and the best-preserved Iron Age broch in existence! 

Canoeing at Northmavine Zoom Canoeing at Northmavine Or head to Aith, Brae or Voe for trips to view the impressive red cliffs and stacks in the north-west of Shetland from the sea too. Diving and sea angling trips can be arranged and you can even have a sail on the restored herring drifter Swan or the replica longship Dim Riv.

The Burn of Lunklet, East Burrafirth Zoom The Burn of Lunklet, East Burrafirth On land, every aspect of Shetland’s environment is covered by a team of experienced and knowledgeable guides and experts, both on foot or in a comfy vehicle. Whether you’re interested in archaeology, geology, wildlife, botany, photography, folklore, gardens, music or knitting, there’ll be a tour or guide to help you make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best bits.

As well as scheduled trips, most operators will happily arrange bespoke tours or a private charter to suit your particular interests and requirements… just give them a call, browse their respective websites, or contact the Visit Shetland tourist information office (01595 693434) for more details.

Other useful contacts are the Shetland Islands Tourist Guides Association ( and the Shetland Amenity Trust (

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