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