I provide guided tours of Shetland. I have 4 tours to offer, in which, I try to cover as much as I can all that Shetland has to offer.
Shetland Minibus Tours is owned by Grant Redfern, an experienced and independent Shetland tour guide who was born and grew up on the Shetland Islands. Grant created Shetland Minibus Tours in 2016 but has been a guide since 2012. With a keen interest in all aspects of Shetland life and history, Grant takes pride in delivering a high quality service to promote the Islands he loves.
Offering full day, specialised small minibus (8 seats) tours the length and breadth of the Islands. These tours cover everything from wildlife, stunning scenery and prehistoric sites, as well as exploring the Islands' history and culture. Along with holiday makers on Shetland for a few days, the tours are also set up for cruise ship passengers here for just a day. The tours are perfect if you would like to avoid the large bus tours and crowds and get off the beaten track.
I have 4 different tours. These tours are suitable for all ages and can be tailored for those with mobility difficulties. My pony experience/Central mainland tour is particularly geared towards children as well as Shetland pony loving adults. The tours cover everything Shetland has to offer from wildlife to ancient and modern history to culture. I also offer an insight to what it is like to grow up and live on Shetland.
Tour 1; Central Mainland + Shetland Pony Experience
On this tour we get to visit the Shetland Pony Experience and Shetland's ancient capital of Scalloway.
Leaving Lerwick, first we will head out to Papil on the Island of Burra, this is where we will visit the Shetland Pony Experience. Here you will be able to learn about the Shetland Ponies, brush and pet them, lead them down to a beach below the stud and children can have a short, supervised ride. To learn more then visit The Shetland Pony Experience website or facebook page.
Afterwards we will head towards Scalloway. Here we will explore the old streets and check out the 400 year old Castle in the centre of the village. After lunch we will pop along the Scalloway Museum (£3 entry) and learn about the Shetland Bus. We will also take in part of the west mainland on the way back to Lerwick.
Tour 2; South Mainland
The south tour is the most popular and blessed with scenic stops, history and wildlife. Taking in a photo stop over Scalloway and the whole of the south mainland of Shetland.
In the south of the Island we will stop across from Mousa to take in a view of the best preserved broch in the world, visit St Ninians Isle, the 4000 year old Jarlshof settlement (£6 entry) and the Crofthouse museum. On the way through Fladdabister we will talk about what life was like in Shetland over a century ago and then we will drive to the top of mossy hill. We will stand on the edge of the wild cliffs of Sumbrugh Head where we will see Puffins from mid April to mid August, and have a close look at Sumbrugh Lighthouse which was opened in 1821.
On the way we will see lots of Shetland Ponies, seabirds and other wildlife. We will have lunch at Sumburgh Hotel, which was built in 1867.
Tour 3; North Mainland
Heading West as we leave Lerwick this tour makes its way through whiteness, weisdale and Aith before heading north to the breathtaking views of the cliffs of Eshaness, along with Ronas voe and Ollaberry.
On the way we will pop along the Tangwick Haa Museum to have a look at the local history
Stopping at Mavis Grind (Shetland's narrowest point) you will have the opportunity to throw a stone from the Atlantic ocean to the North Sea. We will pass through Sullom Voe and Dales Voe on the way back to Lerwick.
Again we will have plenty of photos stops for Shetland Ponies.
Tour 4; Unst and Yell
The Northern Isles tour to Unst and Yell takes us to the very edge of the United Kingdom, which will see us hop on and off two ferries on the way.
Our first Island will be Yell, Shetland's biggest island (excluding the mainland)
From there we will catch the 5 minute ferry to Unst. Here we will stop at the 400 year old Muness Castle, the ex-RAF base of Saxa Vord, where there is now a brewery and gin distillery. From Saxa Vord we will see Muckle Flugga, the most northerly part of the British Isles. We will see the Haroldswick boat museum and visit the reconstructed viking longhouse and longship created by Viking Unst before visiting Hermaness and its visitor center.
For more information or requests then don't hesitate to contact us. You can also visit our Shetland Minibus Tours facebook page and TripAdvisor for reviews and further information.