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Shetland Saga

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination: Scotland  
Category: Hiking and walking outfitters
Season: May - August
Min Price: 795 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person
Max Price: 795 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person

Shetland comprises more than 100 islands - only 14 are inhabited - and lies at the great sea crossroads between mainland Scotland and Scandinavia. Underpinning life on Shetland is a strong, vibrant sense of tradition. Once part of the Viking kingdom, it is a fascinating weave of dramatic seascapes, unique geology - dating back to when Shetland was a mountainous region of the Scottish and Scandinavian pre-Ice Age continent - and ancient historical sites, such as the Bronze Age and Iron Age remains at Jarlshof, Muness Castle and the towering Neolithic broch on Mousa.

Unst is Shetland’s most northerly island and we will spend three days amidst its landscape of ultramarine sea, sun-bleached sandy beaches and majestic sea cliffs, offering plenty opportunities for coastal walks. We walk in Hermaness, a National Nature Reserve, and look out to Muckle Flugga lighthouse, built by David Stevenson in 1858. In June, puffins colonise the sea cliffs and red-necked phalaropes inhabit Fetlar. Fetlar is a lovely island, known as the “Garden of Shetland”, and we enjoy a circular walk there as we transfer from Unst to Lerwick.

On Shetland Mainland we climb Ronas Hill, at 450m the highest point on the Shetland Isles. This walk incorporates unique geology and rare alpine plants with stunning views over the western seaboard. We always see Shetland ponies - some even join our walks - and otters are commonplace. We may join in a traditional Shetland Foy to hear beautiful fiddle music and we hope to spend an evening in thrall to a local storyteller. ... An exceptional walking and cultural experience.

Tip: This holiday would combine well with our exciting walking trip to Orkney. Please contact us for details.

Walking Grade
The emphasis is on a leisurely pace with time to observe and interpret the area, its history and wildlife. We usually spend 5 to 6 hours walking up to 8 - 10 miles (12 -16 km). Gradients are generally easy and much of the walking is on paths, although these can be rough in places. Basic fitness required.

Accommodation
Quality hotel and guesthouse accommodation in Lerwick (4 nights) and on Unst (3 nights). Most rooms are en suite.

Notes:
Dates:

15 June 2012 - 22 June 2012
3 Aug 2010 - 10 June 2012

Start: Friday, Lerwick 12:00
Finish: Friday, Lerwick 12:00
Cost: £795
Price Includes: 7 nights in Hotel/Guesthouses based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, ferries during the trip, guiding throughout the week.

Single Room Supplement: from £90

Travel
Further flight and sailing information will be provided on booking or on request.

Supplier Information
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Location: Scotland
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2005
Client Request Served: 65

M05879 has been offering quality and unique small-group walking holidays in the wild and beautiful Scottish Highlands and Islands since 1986. A walking holiday with M05879 is a journey through the history, culture and nature that shaped the Highlands and Islands. Our trips are led by friendly, knowledgeable...

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