Birdwatching and Wildlife Tour in Shetland
This 8-Day Shetland Wildlife and Birding Tour is leisurely paced and available as a set departure.
The Shetland Islands are an amazing group of islands in the subarctic, much closer to Norway than Edinburgh. Only 15 of the 100 islands are inhabited, making them a safe place for wildlife, and we will cover the entire archipelago from two bases.
This all-inclusive tour is set up so that you can enjoy the islands in the summer when they are at their best. During our Shetland wildlife trip there won't be much 'night' as the famous Simmer Dim, a colourful glow from the north, keeps the darkness at bay and giving almost 24 hours of daylight.
Some of the best seabird colonies in the UK are found on Shetland. On the cliffs, there are plenty of Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills. Great and Arctic Skuas search for lost eggs and chicks, and you can see Arctic Terns and Eiders in the calmer parts of the coast. A boat ride around Bressay and Noss gives the opportunity to see thousands of Gannets and other seabirds noisily nesting on the steep cliffs.
As for mammals, Shetland wildlife includes a large number of Otters and it's a great place to spot whales and dolphins, even from the land. Minke Whales, the Risso's Dolphins and White-beaked Dolphins are all resident in these waters. If you are lucky, you might also see Orcas, which visit the coast of Shetland in summer.
There are some interesting Arctic-alpine flowers on the islands, and Golden Plovers, Dunlins and rare birds such as Whimbrels, Red-necked Phalaropes, Whooper Swans and Red-throated Divers breed in the pools and tundra-like moors.
We will also take a special trip to see the Storm-petrels arrive at an Iron Age broch (fortress) after dark, which is a truly unforgettable event.
Shetland Wildlife and Birding Tour highlights include:
- Late-night boat trip to visit a Storm-petrel colony at an Iron Age fortification
- Watching Shetland's famous seabird cities from land and sea, and get a close-up perspective a chaotic Gannet colony
- Searching for Orcas and other cetaceans along the coast
- Finding and immersing ourselves with Otters
- Enjoying a plethora of northern breeding birds including Whooper Swans, Whimbrels, Red-necked Phalaropes and Red-throated Divers
- Experiencing the unique botanical assemblages on Unst
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.
If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Cairngorms Wildlife Park and Coast Tour offer.
Alternative Tour Name: Spectacular Shetland Wildlife - The Ultimate UK Wildlife Experience
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|Tour Dates||Tour Availability||From Price||Spaces Left|
|10/06/2023 - 17/06/2023||available||GBP 2,195||