The Hidden Gems of Shetland: A 5-Day Itinerary
Shetland is a remote and rugged group of islands located off the northeast coast of Scotland. It's a place of incredible natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, with a fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years.
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Busta House Hotel
Set on the shore of Busta Voe, this classic hotel features traditional rooms and a Scottish restaurant.
Overlooking the sea, this relaxed hotel in Lerwick offers convenient access to the ferry terminal.
The Lerwick Hotel
Overlooking Berwick Bay, this modern hotel offers a refined restaurant and is located just a short walk from the city center.
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Day 1: Explore Lerwick
Take a stroll through the charming town of Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands. Start at Fort Charlotte, a historic fort built in the 18th century, then wander down Commercial Street to see the colorful houses and shops. Don't miss the Shetland Museum and Archives, which tells the story of the islands' history and culture.
Day 2: Visit Jarlshof
Travel to the southern end of the mainland to visit Jarlshof, an incredible archaeological site that spans over 4,000 years of human history. Continue on to Sumburgh Head, a dramatic cliff-top promontory that is home to a lighthouse, bird observatory and visitor center.
Day 3: Boat Tour of the Islands
Embark on a boat tour of the islands to see the rugged coastline, wildlife and seabirds. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, whales and dolphins. Bundle up! It will be chilly out there on the water! A warm hat, jacket and scarf will serve you well on the boat!
Day 4: Go Hiking
Explore the stunning landscape of Shetland on foot with a hike. There are plenty of trails to choose from, ranging from easy coastal walks to more challenging hill climbs.
Day 5: Explore Unst
Take a ferry to Unst, the northernmost inhabited island in the UK. Here you can visit the Viking longhouse, Hermaness Nature Reserve and the lighthouse at Muckle Flugga, which sits on the northernmost point of the British Isles.
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