Travel in our comfortable, 7-seater vehicle - fitted with climate control, fully-adjustable seats and PA system. Discover the treasures and delights of our rugged islands in the company of a professional local tour guide. Have your own coach or vehicle? I can step onto your vehicle and guide you through our islands. We listen to you and tailor our tours to suit your requirements.
Here are some examples of our tours;
DAY TRIP TO THE DRAMATIC CLIFFS OF THE NORTH MAINLAND AND ESHANESS
First, we travel across to the west side of the Mainland and the picturesque village of Scalloway - the old capital of Shetland, with its looming 400-year-old castle - and the ancestral home area of your tour guide! His family have been in this area for hundreds of years. Then it is north, through the narrow, fertile Tingwall valley, site of the Thing, the old Norse parliament. From there we carry on northwards through the lonely, wilderness of the Lang Kames to the tiny village of Voe - looking as if it had been transplanted from the Norwegian fjords. Continuing north past Mavis Grind - where the Mainland of Shetland is almost divided in two – we arrive at Northmavine and Hillswick with its timber-built hotel. Originally built in Norway, the hotel was floated to Shetland in sections and rebuilt to accommodate tourists arriving by steamer. A short, picturesque drive takes us to Eshaness with its square lighthouse perched on the clifftop. Black, basalt cliffs dissect the caldera of an ancient volcano. The tour guide will take you for a short stroll along this rugged coastline with its cliffs, blowholes and spectacular rock stacks. It is then a short drive to Stenness, site of a 19th century Haaf fishing station where your tour guide will describe the type of fishing done there in the 19th century. This was a dangerous undertaking carried out by hardy men in small, open boats. Many lives were lost over the years. There will also be time to visit Tangwick Haa - once the home of the powerful Cheyne family and now a small museum - and enjoy refreshments at the nearby Braewick Café with breath-taking views over St Magnus Bay. Finally, your tour guide will drive you back to whichever destination you want to be dropped off.
5,000 YEARS OF HISTORY - SOUTH MAINLAND, JARLSHOF & OLD SCATNESS
Your tour guide takes you back through thousands of years of Shetland history - Mousa, Scatness, Jarlshof, Sumburgh. Starting with a 2,000 year-old Iron Age broch in the outskirts of Lerwick, capital of Shetland. From there we head south down through Gulberwick and Quarff to the old farming settlement of Fladdabister with its well-preserved dry-stone walling. Continuing past Catpund, where Neolithic people quarried soapstone for their cooking pots, we stop to view the island of Mousa with its broch. The broch is the best preserved in the world! Your tour guide will explain the significance of this building. It's then a short journey down from the Mousa viewpoint to Hoswick, with its Visitor Centre and café for tea and home-bakes. Nearby are two Shetland knitwear outlets, reflecting both traditional and contemporary approaches. Your tour guide will allow plenty of time for you to sample crafts and hospitality.