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Shetland and Orkney

Wildlife watching holiday in the land of the Simmer Dim. Two centre hotel-based holiday with minibus and ferry transport between the two archipelagos. Magnificent seabird colonies, otters and chance of whales and dolphins on the sea crossing. Walking is generally easy, except around the seabird cliffs, where paths are rough and rocky. Spectacular archaeological sites in each island group.

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LeadersCraig Round & Tim Drew
FlightsFlybe, scheduled
Outbound: Afternoon, Aberdeen-Sumburgh
Inbound: Afternoon, Kirkwall-Aberdeen

Day 1Fly into Sumburgh and drive to our hotel 5 nights at Herrislea House Hotel
Days 2-5Birdwatching and wildlife exploration of Fetlar, Unst and Mainland, including night visit to Mousa
Day 6Take Ferry to Orkney, with wildlife watching enroute 4 nights at the Merkister Hotel
Days 7-9Wildlife and archaeological exploration of Orkney
Day 10After a morning’s birding, catch flight from Kirkwall to Aberdeen

WalkingEasy walking with one 5 mile walk on hard tracks. Walking boots essential
WeatherCool to warm, usually windy with the chance of rain (10°-20°C)
InsectsBiting insects are not a problem
MealsAll included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10
AccomHerrislea Hotel, Shetland Merkister Hotel, Orkney Double, twin and single rooms all ensuite
BoatsOur Noss boat trip is 3 hours long. Our evening boat trip to Mousa is a short 15 mins crossing, but has a rocky, uneven landing. We also take some short inter-island ferries
Group10 - each group 5 guests and 1 guide

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