We have pre-planned bus tours for groups of up to 30, specialising in the Westside of Shetland where we are based. There is a local saying 'West is Best,' because of the wonderful scenery, beautiful quiet beaches and the weather which is often better than the east side, but few groups visit this part of Shetland. We work with organisations, businesses and individuals in the Westside to offer you the chance to meet local people, in thriving small communities based on the traditions of crofting and fishing. They will be delighted to share their love and experience of the area. Let us take you to some of our favourite places and explore the side of Shetland that other visitors may not get to see.
'WEST IS BEST' TOUR 2019
A half-day guided bus tour from Lerwick, including lunch, visiting some of the highlights of the Westside. Dates have now been finalised for 2019 and this tour will operate on:
Tuesday 18th June - 9:30-13:45
Friday 5th July - 10:00-14:15
Wednesday 10th July - 9:30-13:45
Wednesday 21st August - 9:30-13:45
Tuesday 3rd September - 10:00-14:15
On all dates, pick-up and drop-off points will be in the centre of Lerwick.
This tour will include...........
A visit to see Marion at Tresta, with the family’s Shetland Ponies, Shetland Sheepdogs and flock of coloured Shetland sheep. Marion's family have lived here on the croft for several generations and she will be happy to chat to you, while you view the animals. Her daughter Amanda lives next door and now runs the croft and the Breckenlea Shetland pony stud. This stop will ensure you can get up close to Shetland’s native animals in their homeland. This visit is outside, but if the weather is particularly inclement there will be some shelter available.
A short visit to Bonhoga Gallery - a converted grain mill dating from 1855. Now operated by Shetland Arts, it hosts a programme of exhibitions featuring applied arts and craft. There is a small shop with an opportunity to purchase unusual gifts and souvenirs that you will not find elsewhere in Shetland.
A scenic drive through typical Westside landscapes with quiet roads, open vistas and dramatic seascapes.
A light lunch at one of the many community halls around Shetland - run by volunteers, they are a vital part of our rural communities and you will meet locals who will be delighted to chat. Depending on availability, there may also be an opportunity to view the work of local crafts people, with some items for sale.
Photostops at scenic viewpoints.
Some of our tours include an opportunity for a short stroll at Michaelswood - a small woodland planted in memory of a young musician. It has become a favourite with locals and visitors alike, with its Philosopher's Trail and tranquil setting.
The tour is escorted by an accredited local tourist guide, who will tell you about Shetland's fascinating past, traditional way of life, natural features and its vibrant present.
Cost is £55 for adults and £40 for under 16’s. To book, please contact us or complete the booking form and we will send you an e-invoice. The invoice will give full instructions on how to pay by credit card or PayPal. See here for booking terms and conditions