Highlights of Shetland12th Jul 2024
Shetland has long been famous as a mecca for bird enthusiasts and its rich archaeological landscape overlooked. However, the lack of intensive modern farming means that the preservation of these sites and their landscapes is exceptional and there is much to explore here from ancient field boundaries to Iron Age village; and from Viking longhouse to substantial relics from two world wars. We visit the internationally important sites at Mousa, Scatness and Jarlshof and take the ferry to the most northerly island in Britain, Unst, thought to be the first footfall of the Vikings. Nowhere is farther than three miles from the sea and the beauty of the landscape - deserted sandy beaches, jagged coastline, heather clad hill, and mirror like lochs – will stay with you long after you return home.
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What to Expect
- Climb to the top of Mousa Broch, the tallest of this unique Iron Age structure, standing at 13 metres – views over the sea are spectacular
- Discover Scatness, an extensive settlement site with prehistoric, Viking and Pictish remains built and rebuilt over thousands of years
- Explore Jarlshof constructed by Neolithic farmers c2400BC and occupied, though not continuously, for over 4,000 years
|Location||Pickup Time||Dropoff Time|
|At Shetland hotel at 6pm||00:00|
** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **
Day by Day Itinerary
We meet at our hotel in Brae before an introductory lecture and dinner together at the hotel.