Colette's Shetland Adventure

Colette Garnsey

Tuesday 16th July – Saturday 20th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 1
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Overview

Join your private guide on the beautiful island of Shetland and embark on an unforgettable journey to discover the islands unique history, landscape, wildlife and textile heritage. Learn about the rich traditions of wool yarn and Shetland’s knitting history by talking to experts and local craftspeople. Enjoy the long summer days allowing you to island hop, explore on foot and see some of the most scenic locations during your 4 day adventure.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 16th July - Welcome to Shetland

On arrival at Sumburgh Airport airport, you will be met by your private guide, who will also act as your driver for your time together exploring the islands. Depending on your arrival time, you can choose to be driven straight to your hotel to relax or head out with your guide to begin exploring this unique island. A great place to start is an afternoon visit to Shetland Museum. Join a Curator led Textiles Tour, giving you a deep dive into the rich history of the island and its traditions. Take a walk on the coastline and soak in the views, the sea air and the feeling of peace on this remote and beautiful island before retiring for a hearty meal and settling into your hotel to rest.

Overnight: Shetland | Scalloway Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Superking
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Wednesday 17th July - Explore Traditions, Textiles and Sea Cliffs

Meet your guide after breakfast and take a short drive to Uradale Farm, a 1200 acre farm stretching from the hill tops down to the shores. Learn how the farm produces their beautiful yarn from organic native Shetland sheep and take some home with you. Next stop will be on a small outcrop, the Isle of Burra, visiting a local craftsperson’s studio to learn all about the heritage of traditional Shetland knitting. After lunch, you will head for St Ninian’s Isle, a short walk across a 500-metre stretch of glorious golden shell sand to reach another small island with awe inspiring views. Enjoy a stunning circular walk on the sea cliffs, learning more about the geographical history of Shetland and enjoying plenty vantage points to spot wildlife.

Overnight: Shetland | Scalloway Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Superking
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Thursday 18th July - Island Hop to Fair Isle

Today you will join your guide to and take a short flight to the National Trust owned island of Fair Isle. Immortalised in the shipping news, and famous for its distinctive knitwear, Fair Isle is the most remote thriving community in the UK, consisting mainly of craftspeople, conservationists, boat-builders and crofters. It lies almost exactly halfway between Shetland and Orkney. Despite the tiny size of this island, it is big in character with stunning landscapes and lots of birdlife to admire. Renowned as a place to see wildlife, there are lots of other things to discover with your guide, from archaeological remains and meeting local craftspeople to the famous Stevenson lighthouses.

Note: Return flight to Fair Isle would need to be self-arranged.

Overnight: Shetland | Scalloway Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Superking
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Friday 19th July - Island Highlights

Your final day in Shetland will be spent on a road trip led by your curiosity and your guides expert knowledge, stopping at many of the small hamlets and view points you have yet to discover. You will meet some beautiful Shetland Pony’s, groom them and learn about the breed that is so unique to the island that they were named after it. On your onward journey, there will be more chances to spot wildlife such as Puffins, Guillemots, Gannets and perhaps even porpoises and orcas off the coast. Enjoy in the abundance of fresh local seafood and pick up gifts and mementoes from the island that you would like to return home with. At the height of summer, the sun never truly sets in Shetland. Instead, when it does briefly dip there is a magical milky glow known locally as ‘da simmer dim’. Making plenty of time to enjoy your final evening with a walk along the coastline, a rare chance to witness the island in a beautiful golden hue.

 

Overnight: Shetland | Scalloway Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe Superking
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Saturday 20th July - Depart

This morning, after breakfast and a final stroll, your guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell to the island of Shetland for now but taking with you the creative inspiration and the memories of the people and the stories that make this island so special.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 4 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 5
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Shetland Museum
    • Knitting Experience
    • Shetland Pony Experience
    • Plus 3 entrance fees to attractions of your interest
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team

Note: Return flight to Fair Isle would need to be self-arranged on Day 3.

Exclusions Read More
  • All Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
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