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Shetland Isles

Guided Walking: Shetland Isles

It's wild, it's wonderful, it's fascinating. Island hopping at its best.

There's a terrific mixture of dramatic scenery but with plenty of quiet corners; thousands of sea birds and yet the time to watch just one; seals, otters, sharks, whales, dolphins and every chance of seeing them.

With a character firmly rooted in its Viking past, and many remains of those earlier times, this area is a must for lovers of wildlife, dramatic scenery, archaeology and geology. We're re-introducing this trip by popular demand. Islands included – Shetland Mainland, Yell, Unst, Fetlar, Muckle Roe, Mousa, (St Ninian’s Isle), maybe more.

“The holiday surpassed expectations. GG”

Ferry Journeys

This trip involves travelling by Ferry. There is always a slight possibility on trips involving ferries, that severe weather conditions or other reasons will prevent a scheduled sailing. However unlikely this may be on this trip, it may not be possible to keep to the planned timings. Any additional expenses incurred through changes in the ferry schedule will not be met by C-N-Do Scotland.

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map - Shetland Isles walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • 9 days with a qualified walking guide / driver.
  • 2 nights in ensuite cabin accommodation on the Aberdeen / Lerwick ferries; full Scottish breakfasts.
  • 6 nights in small rooms in hostel accommodation; continental breakfasts
  • Minibus transport from and back to Stirling and daily as required.
  • Return ferries to / from Yell, Unst, Fetlar, Mousa, and possibly Bressay.
  • Boat trip around Noss.
  • VAT at the current rate

Shetland Isles brief itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at Stirling; head for Aberdeen; overnight boat to Lerwick.

Day 2: After breakfast, head south to walk round Sumburgh Head; followed by exploring incredible Jarlshof, the best known prehistoric archaeological site in Shetland; then out to St Ninian's Isle across the largest tombolo in the UK. Spend 2 nights in Lerwick.

Day 3: Weather depending, either go over to Bressay for a walk there, or take a boat trip around the Island of Noss to check-out some of the 25,000 seabirds on the cliffs there, and possibly have time to take the boat over to Mousa and see the best preserved ancient building in Europe - Mousa Broch.

Day 4: Travel north and over to Yell and then Unst where we spend 3 nights. Burra Ness bird reserve is the target on the way, with great opportunities for otter spotting as well.

Day 5: Today it's Hermaness, dramatic clifftop National Nature Reserve and home to more than 100,000 - puffins, gannets, great skuas (bonxies) to name but a few of the species; views over to Muckle Flugga and Out Stack - the most northerly places in Britain.

Day 6: From Unst we 'pop over' to the Island of Fetlar for the day, to explore the island of the trowies!

Day 7: Head back to Mainland again and, before heading back to Lerwick, pop up Rona's Hill, the highest point in the Shetland Isles but with the added bonus of a high start point.Stay one more night in Lerwick.

Day 8: And finally we'll go across to Muckle Roe, to do probably the best walk in Shetland, out to North and South Ham. Then it's head back to the ferry and our overnight journey to Aberdeen.

Day 9: After breakfast, it's down the road to Stirling and the end of a great island hopping adventure.


2 nights in twin ensuite cabins on board the ferries journeys between Aberdeen and Lerwick.

6 nights in small hostel rooms.


2 x full Scottish breakfasts.

6 x continental breakfasts.

Maps of the area & background reading

To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


Books which you may find informative are:


Maps which you may find informative are:

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At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 1-Grade 2
  • Price: £1395
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8
  • Accom type: Hostels, ferry cabins / Breakfasts
  • Walking/Exploring: 7
  • Travel: 2
  • Group min: 4
  • Group max: 8
  • Meet: Stirling train station
  • Finish: Stirling
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