not have the obvious appeal of , say, Skye for the
but for any outdoor enthusiast also interested in
it has great potential.
in season, and for whale watching. (Orcas enter the
Our preferred hotels are the Sumburgh Head hotel in the south, an efficient establishment (serving the small airport) in an old laird's house with a modern extension (adjacent to Jarlshof) used by a busy mix of naturalists, aircrew and oil workers. Busta House, near Mavis Grind, for access to Northmavine (best hotel on Shetland found so far) and on Unst we have stayed with the Edmonstons at Buness HouseThere is also a pub with accomodation nearby and the Saxavord resort, a disused military complex converted into self catering accomodation and restaurant (reports of it are favourable). The islands are linked by both roll-on ferries and internal flights from Tingwall.
way of travelling is the overnight ferry from
to Lerwick (do book a cabin and note you cannot
return to your
car during voyage).
Fuel and the
Naturalists Shetland – J Laughton Johnston – Poyser
the coastline of Shetland - Guy
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