Map of Scotland's Shetland Islands  including United Kingdom

Stunning coastal scenery and wildlife spotting in the Shetland Islands

Discover the many charms of the Shetland Islands on a small group tour featuring dramatic coastlines, towering sea cliffs, wildlife spotting, and history galore. Lerwick, a charming town that plays host to the Shetland Museum, is filled with historic buildings and your home away from home on this trip. Private minibus adventures will take you to famous Eshaness and the most northerly point in the United Kingdom to spot local wildlife like puffins and seals. Add a quaint town and atmospheric pubs to enjoy at the end of each day and this trip has it all.


Start
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Finish
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
BWSL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Lerwick, a charming town filled with historic buildings, makes for the perfect base for your trip. Unpack once, settle in, and enjoy a warm welcome back at the end of each day.

  • Tour the Shetland Museum which celebrates the local history with engaging interactive exhibits and world renowned collections of historic artefacts and documents.

  • Keep a lookout for puffins on a private minibus trip to Muckle Flugga which is home to the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and the most northerly point in the United Kingdom.

  • Take a private minibus tour to Eshaness and be captivated by the crashing waves, dramatic sea cliffs, and history which makes this destination a Shetland Islands ‘must visit’.

  • Maximise your time by catching the overnight ferry where you will snooze in a comfortable ‘sleeping pod’ that reclines 70 degrees to help you get a good night’s rest.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Aberdeen! Meet your leader and the rest of your group in the late afternoon and catch the overnight ferry to Lerwick in Shetland. On the overnight ferry you will have a comfortable ‘sleeping pod’ that reclines 70 degrees to help you get a good night’s rest before your Shetland Island adventure begins tomorrow.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please meet your leader and fellow travellers no later than 3.30pm in the waiting room at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting this afternoon as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or Intrepid know as you may miss the ferry to the Shetland Islands.
After we disembark the ferry at 8am, we will drop our bags at the hotel and take a walking tour of Lerwick, Shetland’s only town. This afternoon is yours to discover Lerwick your way, perhaps by raising a glass at the Lerwick Brewery, spotting local wildlife on a boat tour, or taking a stroll along the waterfront. Tonight you may like to have dinner at one of Lerwick’s cosy pubs.
Included Activities
  • Lerwick- Lerwick Leader Led Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Lerwick - Noss Boat Wildlife Tour - GBP50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, join your guide for a tour of the Shetland Museum which celebrates the local history with engaging interactive exhibits and world renowned collections of historic artefacts and documents. You may like to grab a bite to eat before we catch the public bus to Sumburgh for a hike to Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head. Enjoy stunning coastal views as you take in the historic sites of Jarlshof and walk to the Sumburgh Head lighthouse where we will learn about the area’s history, from the early Iron Age settlers to the lighthouse keepers who kept sailors safe from harm. After our return to Lerwick in the late afternoon, you may like to head out for dinner at a local restaurant.
Included Activities
  • Lerwick - Shetland Museum Tour
  • Sumburgh - Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, we will take a private minibus trip to Muckle Flugga which is home to the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and the most northerly point in the United Kingdom. Perched on jagged rocks rising out of the sea just off the coast of Unst, the lighthouse was built to protect British ships heading into battle during the Crimean War and was originally tended to by three lighthouse keepers. Keep an eye out for puffins as you take in the wild beauty of this remote location. On your return to Lerwick, you may like to head out with your group for an evening meal at a cosy pub.
Included Activities
  • Shetland - Muckle Flugga Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today we will take another private minibus trip, this time to Eshaness for an easy coastal hike. Eshaness has it all – crashing waves, dramatic sea cliffs, and history galore. While you’re enjoying the scenic views, keep an eye out for the seabirds, seals, and otters which call this area home. We will return to Lerwick mid-afternoon in time to catch the overnight ferry back to Aberdeen. Once again, you will be able to enjoy a good night’s rest in a comfortable reclining ‘sleeping pod’.
Included Activities
  • Lerwick - Overnight Ferry Lerwick to Aberdeen
  • Eshaness - Coastal Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
On your arrival in Aberdeen at approximately 7am, your Shetland Islands adventure will come to an end. If you would like to spend some time in Aberdeen, we will be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, Overnight ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Overnight Ferry (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Lerwick- Lerwick Leader Led Walking Tour
  • Lerwick - Shetland Museum Tour
  • Sumburgh - Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head Hike
  • Shetland - Muckle Flugga Trip
  • Lerwick - Overnight Ferry Lerwick to Aberdeen
  • Eshaness - Coastal Hike

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. This trip starts in Aberdeen in late afternoon (3.30pm in the waiting room at Aberdeen Ferry Terminal) and the overnight ferry trip to Lerwick. Trip finishes in Aberdeen in the morning of Day 6 upon overnight ferry arrival from Lerwick.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights in Lerwick, but not to overnight ferry nights, where single cabins are unavailable. Single supplement is also a subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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