Tours and Trips

Photo: Maurice Henderson Zoom Photo: Maurice Henderson To get the most out of your Shetland visit, make sure to 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 on land and from the sea.

Photo: Angela Irvine. Zoom Photo: Angela Irvine. 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 taxis or coaches. 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.

Boat trips to experience the most spectacular and fascinating seabird colonies and, if you’re lucky, perhaps see a whale or dolphin or two, are 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! 

Photo: Angus Nicol Zoom Photo: Angus Nicol Or head to Aith 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 day, weekend, or longer sail on Shetland's restored herring drifter Swan, or try a short sail around Lerwick harbour on the replica longship Dim Riv.

Photos: Kim Rendall Zoom Photos: Kim Rendall 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 Ranger Service (

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