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After collecting your hire car by the airport, you will head north to your first hotel based in Scalloway – Shetland’s ancient capital.
This family-run hotel, bar and restaurant overlooking the picturesque waterfront of Shetland’s former capital is a mere 6 miles from Lerwick. The hotel’s two AA rosette is popular with locals and visitors alike. Rooms are all simply decorated, with sheepskin rugs, soft furnishings of Shetland tweed from Jamiesons Mill in the village of Sandness, and local art on the walls.
Today you will head further north to the small village of Brae where you will spend two nights.
Set on the edge of a village overlooking a peaceful bay, the original, historic building dates from the 1500’s and has benefited from many tasteful additions throughout the centuries. Low ceilings, winding corridors, steep steps and sloping floors all add to the characterful ambiance of the place which, rumour has it, includes its very own ghost. Guests comment on the friendly welcome and traditional service they have received here, and the hotel even has royal connections. Guests can enjoy meals in the hotel bar or restaurant, both of which offer high quality, locally-sourced produce. All the bedrooms are individually decorated and named after the surrounding isles, and have views of the bay or the gardens, complete with trees – a rare and welcome occurrence on Shetland.
You could perhaps take a short trip on the passenger ferry to visit impressive Mousa Broch, an Iron Age round tower and one of the best-preserved prehistoric buildings in the world. For something rather different, you could follow a craft trail, popping in to galleries and wee shops, where you will find traditional items, such as fair isle knits, or more contemporary textiles. Or you could take the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ann Cleeves’ Shetland crime dramas, recently filmed on location by the BBC.
If you are interested in recent history and stories of great bravery and heroism, head into Scalloway, with its Scandinavian-style painted houses and fascinating museum about the “Shetland Bus” – the secret wartime operation supporting the Norwegian resistance.
The dramatic cliffs of Eshaness are within a short drive, and this is an ideal location to head north by ferry to Yell and Unst, perhaps to look out to Britain’s most northerly point – the Muckle Flugga lighthouse. There’s plenty to explore on Unst – from a reconstructed Viking longhouse to the Shetland Ales craft brewery and Foords’ Chocolates, where you can sample the delights made on the premises. Don’t forget to stop and admire/photograph the famous Unst Bus Shelter – complete with carpet, comfy seats, TV and themed decorations – one of Britain’s most quirky attractions – it even has its own website and visitors’ book!
We are also able to arrange private or small group tours with an expert guide, who will be able to give you the insight only a local can offer – ask us for more details.
We can arrange flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness or Aberdeen, and connecting services from Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast and Gatwick.
2016: £495 per person for January (excluding 22nd to 27th) & February £530 per person for March £550 per person for April & October, £585 per person for May to September.
2017: £555 per person for January (excluding 27th to 31st) & February £590 per person for March £610 per person for April & October, £645 per person for May to September.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing a room, for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, 4 days hire of a small manual car and return flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
We can also arrange private or small group day tours with a local guide – ask us for more details.
All our holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
We enjoyed a wonderful break away.June Marie & Roger, Nottinghamshire, England
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This holiday is available from March to October.
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