North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour
North Mainland Tour

North Mainland Tour

Regular price £90.00
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Tax included.

Duration

4 hours

Overview

The North Mainland of Shetland is wild, rugged and home to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Shetland. This tour takes in the drama of Eshaness, a volcanic coastline dating back millions of years. You will also get an insight into how a Shetland laird used to live with a visit to a quaint museum.


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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.

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 2 to 6 people. If your group is more than 6 people, please get in touch for further options. We can easily accommodate larger groups subject to vehicle availability.

Vehicle

Vehicles used will either be a saloon car or small people carrier, depending on the size of your party. These vehicles are not accessible for wheelchairs.

Accessibility

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.

Tour Team

All tours will be led by a team consisting of an experienced driver and fully qualified Green Badge Tourist Guide for Shetland.

Weather

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.

Inclusions

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

For 2021, Island Vista will waive all cancellation charges, giving you greater flexibility in this uncertain climate.

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

Currently, these include:

  • Wear a face covering. These must be worn whilst inside the vehicle and when social distancing cannot be maintained outside.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water where possible before the journey.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel each time when entering and exiting the vehicle (this will be provided).
  • When outside the vehicle, try to maintain social distancing where possible.
  • Bring your own bottles of water as unfortunately, we cannot provide these at the moment.

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.
  • Everyone wears face coverings, where possible.

In advance of your tour, we will send you a small pre-screening form to ensure that all members of your party are well.

Details will be retained for 21 days for contact track and tracing and then destroyed.

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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

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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