North Mainland Tour Highlights
Get a feel for Shetland’s landscape
Heading north from Lerwick, we pass through the picturesque community of Voe, with its Scandinavian influence. We also drive through Brae, a settlement that grew during the oil boom in the 1970s. We then cross Mavis Grind, where the North Sea almost touches the Atlantic Ocean. With every mile further north, the landscape and coastline becomes ever more spectacular. We then reach the Drongs, a group of stunning sea stacks, for a photo opportunity.
Learn about the life of a laird
We pay a visit to Tangwick Haa Museum, once a 17th century laird’s house. The museum tells the story of the people of Northmavine in the North Mainland of Shetland and gives a compelling glimpse into how Shetlanders used to live.
Marvel at volcanic wonders
The tour then takes you on to the awe-inspiring cliffs of Eshaness, where fire and ice of volcano and glacier have forged Shetland’s world-famous geology. You will have a chance to explore the nearby area, which includes stacks, blowholes and geos (narrow inlets).
Enjoy Eshaness Lighthouse
Perched atop the dramatic cliffs of Eshaness is Eshaness Lighthouse. Designed by renowned engineers the Stevenson brothers, it was built in 1929 to warn ships of the Ve Skerries – a group of island eight miles from the coast. We will stop and take photos at this scenic spot, which is now self-catering accommodation.
Head into Hillswick
We then drive on to Hillswick, a small village on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean with beautiful views. Here you’ll see one of Shetland’s oldest hotels, as well as Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, famed for rescuing seals, otters and other wildlife.