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Orkney & Shetland Islands

Combine two remote and contrasting Scottish Islands.

  • Orkney Islands

    Shetland Islands

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

    Wildlife & Nature

  • May

    Jun

    Aug

    Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 4

This is a Grade 4 moderate holiday which includes full day walks at a moderate pace. Some of the walks are at the top of the grade especially in poor weather conditions so please bear this in mind. The guided walks will vary between inland and coastal walking. Some of the coastal walks involve many short ascents and descents, however, the views make it worthwhile.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Extend your visit to explore the wild islands of Orkney and Shetland, just off Scotland’s north coast.
  • Each island has a distinctive culture and several fascinating geological sites.
  • Orkney; big sky country, rounded hills, beautiful beaches and farms. Only on Hoy does the landscape take on a wilder feel, with rolling hills and towering cliffs.
  • Shetland; more ruggedly beautiful and mountainous and having a wilder feel to it. It is a wonderful contrast to Orkney; perfect for the second week.

Our holiday begins in Orkney; the classic harbour sounds of seagulls, yachts, and fishing boats create a sense of the surrounding sea. This remains as you uncover evidence of human habitation dating back to the beginning of time. Roam the margins between sea and land, along deserted cliffs, welcoming villages and across treeless landscapes dotted with monuments. Orkney is a unique and mystical place.

We stay in the village of Stromness to take advantage of the stunning coastal walking opportunities. Our programme offers an interest to the naturalist and historian among you, plus a full and exciting week filled with visual delights.

We walk to the Kitchener Memorial, Wideford Hill burial chamber, and (subject to ferries) the Old Man of Hoy. We plan to include walking tours of Kirkwall, Stromness and Birsay, and visits to the Ring of Brodgar, RSPB sites and many other attractions.

We enjoy our second week on the Shetland Isles. Visitors have been coming to enjoy the fantastic scenery, deserted beaches, warm hospitality and abundant wildlife on Shetland for millennia. The Vikings are perhaps the best known arrivals and they enjoyed the islands so much, they never left! 

Shetland, 150 miles northeast of the UK mainland, is a beautiful place for a walking holiday. The Shetland Islands offer some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery - various wild beaches, soaring sea cliffs and rolling moors. As we explore the islands on foot, we will have plenty of company with some of Britain's most charismatic birds and animals - puffins, seals, otters, dolphins and free roaming Shetland ponies. 

We are based in Lerwick, the main town and capital of Shetland. There is some beautiful coastal walking directly from the hotel door, however to see the best of Shetland, we will travel a little further afield. We are based in the hub of the excellent public transport network, enabling us to reach the best walking on the islands, as well as using private hired transport on a couple of days. During the week, we'll visit the island of Bressay, the most southerly point on the mainland at Sumburgh Head and Scalloway.  

You might also be interested in our holidays spending time in either: Orkney or Shetland

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • Return flights from Edinburgh and airport transfers
  • Ground transfers and inter-island flight from Kirkwall (Orkney) to Sumburgh (Shetland)
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach and ferry boat
  • Entrance to the Italian Chapel (Orkney)
  • Entrance to Skara Brae (Orkney)
  • Entrance fee to Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement (Shetland)
  • Entrance fee to the Scalloway Museum (Shetland)
  • Entrance fee to the Unst Boat Haven (Shetland)
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional visits/excursions (such as Stromness Museum and the Highland Park Distillery)
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

75110

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day (Orkney)

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Kirkwall Airport and transfer to our hotel in Stromness.


Transfer Time = 35 minutes

Day 2

Brinkies Brae and Stromness

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today starts with a short orientation walk to the hill, Brinkies Brae, just above Stromness to enjoy views across the town, harbour and on to the Island of Hoy we will be later visiting. After a walk through Stromness we continue across fields to the west coast where we take a coastal trail to Warebeth beach with an option to go on to Breck Ness. Along the trail we should be able to watch one of the many local seal colonies. 

Later we return to Stromness. Those who choose may visit the intriguing Victorian local museum. Here the Orkney relationship with the Hudson Bay Company in Northern Canada is recorded along with involvement with the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow and local artefacts.

Day 3

Birsay, Marwick Head & Skara Brae

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120m

At Birsay, there is the shell of the Earl’s Palace – built in the 1500s by a notorious Earl Robert Stewart (learn about the intrigue during the visit). This is followed by the most splendid of coastal walks with cliff views and a variety of bird species and, depending on the season, a chance of seeing a variety of whales. The trail passes a grand memorial to Lord Kitchener and turf-roofed fishermen’s huts. 

A tour highlight comes at the end of the walk with a visit to Skara Brae (a World Heritage site) village that is Northern Europe’s best preserved Neolithic Village. Next to Skara Brae is Skaill House, a 1620 family home, now open to the public and included in our trip. The entrance to Skara Brae is included in the price of the holiday. As tickets must be purchased well in advance, it is not possible to offer a discount to Historic Scotland members.

Day 4

Wideford Hill & Kirkwall

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    190/225m

Wideford Hill and Kirkwall – Now for a hill walk – taking us up Wideford Hill (225m). On the way we visit a chambered cairn and then a heathland walk and tracks descending to the Orkney capital of Kirkwall. The walk is about 4.5 miles. The St Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137, is a must to visit. The structure is unlike that of many cathedrals and was built of red sandstone by Durham masons. Opposite the Cathedral is the Kirkwall museum where local artefacts are displayed to include the famous ‘Orkney chair’. For the radio enthusiasts there is a specialist Wireless Museum and for those wanting to experience a local dram a visit to the Highland Park Distillery for a tour is well worthwhile. Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland (please note, entrance fees for these optional visits are not included in the holiday price).

Day 5

Rousay & Wyre

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    280m

  • Time

    40 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We take private transport to Tingwall and take a ferry to Rousay. We will explore some of the ancient monuments on the island and walk over the Trumland Reserve with lunch at the viewpoint if the weather is good. Various shorter options are available. Later we return to the jetty and catch the ferry for the short trip to Wyre. From the jetty we will walk up to Cubbie Roo’s Castle. Claimed to be the oldest stone-built castle in Scotland, it is now just a ruin. We have some time to explore a little more of the island before catching the ferry back to Tingwall where our transport awaits us for the trip back to the hotel.

Day 6

Hoy, Dwarfie Stane & the Old Man of Hoy

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Just a short ferry boat trip from Stromness to Moaness on Hoy to visit the 2nd largest island in the archipelago. We will be met by a mini bus and taken to view the Dwarfie Stane – cut from rock in about 3000BC. This is followed by commencing a trail from Rackwick to the most famous of sites – ‘The Old Man of Hoy’. The island of Hoy is the largest RSPB reserve and apart from puffins there could be fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and shags to be seen in season.

Day 7

Orkney sightseeing day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A day of visits to include some of the world famous Neolithic sites of: The Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness and on the banks of Loch Harray the foundations of the “Barnhouse Village”. Moving on to more recent times the ‘Italian Chapel’ will be visited. The chapel is a master craftsman’s structure having being made during the Second World War by Italian prisoners of war that were camped on the island. Travelling to the chapel the ‘Churchill lines’ will be passed. These are remarkable structures, along with block ships (some of which can still be seen) were designed to protect the Scapa Flow naval base. Along the route the islands of Lamb Holm, Glimps Holm, Burray and South Ronaldsay will be passed with many opportunities to view coastal birds.

Day 8

Orkney to Shetland

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Depart the Stromness Hotel after breakfast and transfer to Kirkwall airport for your inter-connecting flight to Sumburgh, Shetland. A transfer from Sumburgh airport to The Lerwick Hotel will be provided. 

The provisional flight time from Kirkwall has an early departure. This will mean an early continental breakfast and early start. It is likely you will arrive in Lerwick before you are able to check in at The Lerwick Hotel, however you can store your luggage at the hotel and have free time before your room is ready. 

You have a free day to spend as you wish. You might want to explore the town of Lerwick, just a short walk from the hotel. 

Your evening meal will be in the hotel restaurant.

Day 9

Clickimin, Ness of Sound and Lerwick

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    110m

A walk around Clickimin Loch and a look at the broch, followed by visits to two headlands; almost all on surfaced paths and roads. After lunch, your leader will provide an orientation walk around Lerwick and a visit to the tourist office.

Day 10

Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 (including time sightseeing) hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

A visit to the very interesting Jarlshof archaeological site, followed by a walk to Sumburgh Head, the most southerly point on the mainland. There will be ample time to watch the puffins (in season) and other sea birds.

Day 11

Ness of Hillswick

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    210m

Today we take a hired bus north to walk on the Ness of Hillswick. This is a lovely walk around a headland offering some great views of sea cliffs, arches and stacks. We should enjoy a display of wild flowers inland and plentiful bird sightings. Particularly look out for the Bonxies, Great Skuas. If they are around you will see them. The walking is generally good under foot. We start on grassy paths rising gently from the shore to the sea cliffs. The views improve through out the walk. Particular highlights include Tur Ness and the Drongs.

Day 12

Muckle Roe

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

We will carry out an easy walk today on the island of Muckle Roe, now linked to Mainland by a bridge. There are two delightful bays at the northern end, North and South Ham which we will explore.

Day 13

Islands of Yell and Unst and Muckle Flugga lighthouse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Today, we will go as far north as you can go in Great Britain to the islands of Yell and Unst. This is probably the highlight of the week with magnificent cliff scenery and puffins at close quarters. Whilst on Unst, we make a worthwhile visit to the Unst Boat Haven.

Day 14

St Ninian’s Isle & Scalloway

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 (plus sightseeing time) hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120m

We start the final day on St Ninian's Isle, with a walk across a tombolo to walk around the island. After lunch will be a walk along the low cliffs in Scalloway and a visit to the Scalloway Castle and the Scalloway Museum.

Day 15

Departure day (Shetland)

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast we return to the airport for our flight back to mainland Scotland.

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

31st Aug 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

31st May 2025 - 14th Jun 2025 (14 Nights)

28th Jun 2025 - 12th Jul 2025 (14 Nights)

2nd Aug 2025 - 16th Aug 2025 (14 Nights)

30th Aug 2025 - 13th Sep 2025 (14 Nights)

13th Sep 2025 - 27th Sep 2025 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

Included in the cost of your holiday are flights from Edinburgh. There are regional flights from place airports in the U.K. to connect with the onward flight to Kirkwall.

Transfers: you will be met on arrival in Orkney and taken to your hotel in Stromness. Similarly on departure, a transfer from the hotel in Orkney to Kirkwall airport to Shetland is included, as well as your transfer to your hotel in Lerwick. A flight between Orkney and Shetland is also included if you book a flight inclusive package with us. 

The provisional times for the flight transfer to Shetland on Day 8 is at 08.50 arriving into Shetland at 09.20. Due to the early start, only a cold plated breakfast will be available before your departure and you will arrive at the Shetland hotel before check in. The hotel can safely store your luggage and you will have free time 

Please note that flights to Kirkwall and the return from Lerwick can on rare occasions be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, in which case it may be necessary to travel by ferry.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Ferry Inn

The Ferry Inn offers 30 rooms spread across four buildings in Stromness. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, which is recognised in the Good Beer Guide and winner of the CAMRA Northern Isles Pub of the Year. All rooms across the four buildings have free Wi-Fi, TVs, and tea/coffee facilities. There are 12 rooms on the first and second floors of The Ferry Inn itself, with the remainder in the Harbourside House annex situated directly across the street. Harbourside House has 3 rooms on the ground floor, with all other rooms accessed over stairs.

The Ferry Inn has a restaurant with a pub and a menu serving dishes using fresh local produce. All breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the restaurant. 

The Lerwick Hotel

The comfortable, three star, Lerwick Hotel is located a 10 minute walk from the town centre, nestling on the shore of Breiwick Bay. The hotel is situated on the edge of the sea with views to the island of Bressay. Breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant. 

 Room facilities include:

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer 
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • 24 hour room and bar service is available 

 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 4 moderate holiday which includes full day walks at a moderate pace. Some of the walks are at the top of the grade especially in poor weather conditions so please bear this in mind. The guided walks will vary between inland and coastal walking. Some of the coastal walks involve many short ascents and descents, however, the views make it worthwhile.

Walks & Excursions

The stunning coastal walking, fascinating history, World Heritage status archaeological sites, beautiful scenery, RSPB sites and an unhurried pace of life mean the Orkney Islands have something to offer everyone.

The terrain in Orkney is gently undulating so our walks will not involve sustained climbing. Generally, 5-7 miles of walking is covered with ascents of a maximum of about 500ft. On some days we may cover up to 9 miles.

Shetland offers some of the finest walking in the United Kingdom, at all times of the year. The combination of spectacular coastal scenery on both North Sea and Atlantic facing cliffs, quiet inland lochs, and gentle heathery hills is unsurpassed. The landscape is open with the added extra thrill of the archaeology sites and the wildlife. More ruggedly beautiful and having a wilder feel to it, Shetland is a great contrast to Orkney. 

Some days include longer walks than others and reaching some islands can take time but the journeys are rewarding in themselves. Walking will be on a mixture of roads and paths, however be prepared for uneven walking in certain areas, so good footwear is essential (as is the correct clothing to cover all weather eventualities). 

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Included in the cost of your holiday are flights with Loganair from Edinburgh. There are regional flights from place airports in the U.K. to connect with the onward flight to Kirkwall.

Transfers: you will be met on arrival in Orkney and taken to your hotel in Stromness. Similarly on departure, a transfer from the hotel in Orkney to Kirkwall airport to Shetland is included, as well as your transfer to your hotel in Lerwick. A flight between Orkney and Shetland is also included if you book a flight inclusive package with us. 

The provisional times for the flight transfer to Shetland on Day 8 is at 08.50 arriving into Shetland at 09.20. Due to the early start, only a cold plated breakfast will be available before your departure and you will arrive at the Shetland hotel before check in. The hotel can safely store your luggage and you will have free time in Shetland before your room is available. 

Although there is no passport control between Orkney and Shetland and the rest of the United Kingdom, please do not forget your passport to satisfactorily establish your identity and nationality when boarding your flight. Nationals of EU countries may use their national identity cards instead of passports.  

Nationals of countries other than Britain or other EU member states travelling to the UK should check with the nearest British Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence as to whether they require a visa. If a visa is required, it must be obtained prior to travel.

Some people prefer to make their own travel arrangements and to get to Stromness on the ferry from Scrabster. This is a scenic boat crossing past Hoy. Scrabster is about 2 miles from Thurso which can be reached by train from Inverness. For the return, a ferry from Lerwick to Aberdeen is available to book independently if you wish to book a Land Only package with us. This is operated by Northlink Ferries and the journey is approximately 12.5 hours. See https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/  for further details. 

Route planning to and from mainland regional airports: The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

This holiday is on a half board basis. Breakfasts and dinners are offered at the hotel's in both Orkney and Shetland. Please note that lunches are not included on this holiday but there will be opportunities to purchase supplies locally. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The walks carried out on this holiday are covered by the following maps:

Ordnance Survey Landranger Series
No. 6 Orkney Mainland (1:50,000)

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
No. 466 Shetland Mainland South (1:25,000)

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
No. 467 Shetland Mainland Central (1:25,000)

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
No. 470 Shetland Unst, Yell & Fetlar (1:25,000)

You may wish to look at the following website for more information on walking in Shetland https://www.shetland.org/things/outdoor/walking 

If you are looking to purchase a guidebook, we recommend the Cicerone book 'Walking on the Orkney and Shetland Isles'. 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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