• Island Trails
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  • Island Trails
  • Island Trails
  • Island Trails
  • Island Trails
  • Island Trails
  • Island Trails

Island Trails

Small group and private guided tours. Helping visitors make the most of their time in Shetland.Tour OperatorsShetland Wide

Island trails offers a variety of small group and private bespoke tours to help visitors make the most of their time in Shetland. Join Island Trails to experience Shetland's scenery, history, culture, folklore and wildlife with an experienced local guide.

Island Trails is the tour guiding business of local guide and crofter James Tait. James grew up in a traditional crofting community in the South Mainland of Shetland and is still actively involved with crofting and keeping sheep. In all his tours James brings his local knowledge and enthusiasm for the islands history, culture and wildlife. Stories and legends from folklore are often woven into the tour narrative along with examples of the Shetland dialect.

During the main summer season from May to September Island Trails offers both set small group tour itineraries and private bespoke guided tours all in a comfortable minibus that takes up to 8 passengers. The normal weekly schedule is as follows:

Monday - South Mainland Small Group Tour

Tuesday - Private or small group tour on request

Wednesday - Island of Mousa and Scalloway / Central Mainland Tour

Thursday - North Mainland Small Group Tour (including Eshaness)

Friday - South Mainland Small Group Tour

Saturday - Private or small group tour on request

Sunday - Unusually a day off!

Please visit the Island Trails website for more information on all of the above tours. From October to April both group and private tours are available on request with reduced availability.

Island Trails has a growing customer base and in addition to private customers also provides guiding services for the following tour operators when their customers visit Shetland: McKinlay Kidd (Glasgow,) Wild About Orkney, Red Fox Travel (Sweden,) Field Farm Tours UK & Prestige Holidays UK.

How to book?

Contact James by email or phone to book. You can use the website contact form to get in touch and James will email a reply. Payment is by cash on the day of the tour. Alternatively bank transfers can be made shortly before the tour date.

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