Scalloway, Shetland
West and Central Mainland Tour
Shetland Jewellery in Weisdale, Shetland
Church, Tingwall
Tingwall valley, Shetland
Scalloway Castle, Shetland
Scalloway museuem, Shetland

West and Central Mainland Tour

Regular price £350.00
Tax included.


3.5 hours


This tour takes you to Shetland’s ancient capital Scalloway – a lively fishing port, and home to a historic castle and a museum telling the fascinating story of the Shetland Bus. You’ll also get up close with Shetland ponies and get the chance to take photos at some stunning viewpoints. This is a private tour for up to 3 people. Larger numbers can be accommodated but price will vary.


West and Central Mainland Tour Highlights

Visit a tyrant’s castle

Scalloway Castle

Starting in Lerwick, this tour takes you to Scalloway, the old capital of Shetland. We will stop on the way to take in the splendid views of the village from above, with the islands of Trondra and Burra beyond. Get photos of Scalloway Castle, built by the tyrannical Earl Patrick Stewart and a great example of a sophisticated 16th century tower house.

Unfortunately, the castle is currently closed for extensive repairs. This work is not expected to be completed until 2027.

Learn about the daring deeds of the Shetland Bus

Scalloway Museum, Shetland

Next door to the castle is Scalloway Museum, where you’ll learn all about the heroic wartime exploits of the Shetland Bus and view other interesting artefacts from Shetland’s past. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities as we drive through the historic streets and waterfront of Scalloway.

Pet a Shetland Pony

Shetland ponies

Leaving Scalloway, you have the chance to get up close and personal with Shetland’s furry, four-legged ponies at the Ramnaberg Stud. Here, you will meet owner Carol, a third generation Shetland pony breeder, or one of her team, who will tell you all about this hardy breed.

Explore Viking history and historic woodland

Tingwall valley, Shetland

We then delve into Shetland’s Viking past with a drive through the Tingwall Valley – home to Shetland’s first parliament and where the Norse leaders would gather to discuss their business. From there, we drive to Kergord – Shetland’s only tree plantation.

Wow at one of Shetland’s best views

As we head back towards Lerwick, we make a final stop at one of Shetland’s most spectacular viewpoints at Wormadale. This stunning panoramic view looks westwards over South Whiteness and Whiteness Voe, and to the islands of Hildasay, Papa and Oxna. If the weather is on our side, we might also see Foula – Shetland’s most westerly island.

Our tours will begin in Lerwick at 9am unless otherwise agreed. We will collect you from your accommodation or meet you at the Diana Fountain on Victoria Pier. If you are staying out with Lerwick, please let us know and we can make alternative arrangements for collecting you for the tour.


Useful information you need to know ahead of your tour and visit to Shetland:

Group Size

Our small group tours are for groups of up to 4 people. If your group is more than 4 people, please get in touch for further options. We can easily accommodate larger groups subject to vehicle availability.


Vehicles used will be a Kia Sportage. If your group is larger than 4 people, it is possible to hire a larger vehicle to accommodate your group. It is also possible to hire a vehicle suitable for wheelchair access. 


If you require wheelchair access, please contact us to discuss your requirements. Some elements of the tours are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Some walking will be required on all tours, but this can be kept to a minimum if necessary.


The only thing predictable about Shetland weather is that it is unpredictable! Please dress for the outdoors and wear suitable footwear.

Occasionally, it is not always possible to do the tour as described due to the weather. We will contact you in advance should there be any issues.

Exclusive Tours

All tours will be private unless otherwise specified in the tour description. We will not sell tickets to other people as there is no way to socially distance at this time. This also gives us more options if you wish to make the tour longer and tailored to suit your needs.


All entrance fees are included in the price, however, food/drink is an additional cost. If you would like to extend the length of the tour and include refreshments/lunch, please do not hesitate to ask.

Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made within 24 hours of the tour beginning, the full amount of the tour will be charged.

If you cancel more than 24 hours before the start of the tour, your payment will be refunded minus £25 per transaction to cover commission and admin fees.

Cruise ship passengers:

Please note if your ship fails to call to Lerwick due to bad weather or itinerary changes, this will be treated as a late cancellation and the full cost of your tour will be charged.

We will continue to follow all guidelines, if any, as set by the Scottish Government.

Currently, there is no requirement to wear a face covering. If you wish to wear one and also wish for myself to wear one, please just ask.

Island Vista will ensure that:

  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the tour.
  • The vehicle is thoroughly cleaned before and after the tour.
  • Windows will be open where possible to ensure ventilation.
  • Hand wipes and gloves are available if required.


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From our customers

While we were staying in Lerwick with our vessel, Jolene and her staff took care of all shore excursions and the complete organisation to my complete satisfaction. From the planning phase long before our arrival until the support during our actual stay, everything was perfect! It was a great pleasure working with Island Vista.

Magrit Distler

MV “Nordstjernen”

We had an absolutely brilliant day out with Island Vista yesterday! We did the 6h mystery tour of shetland, stopping for coffee and cake along the way. Jolene is a brilliant guide, really knowledgeable and fun :-) . Great day out even for locals, we learned so much about Shetland's history. Thanks for a great day Jolene and Paula!

Donna Simpson
The toll booth in Lerwick, Shetland