In early 2020, Nick Owen and Charlotte Rutherford quit their jobs to travel the UK in a rusty orange van in search of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). They share their story here and explain why Shetland is among their favourite places.
We are passionate about marine conservation and this prompted us to research the best spots in the UK to find cetaceans, particularly orca; ultimately leading us to Shetland for the first time in August 2020.
It was during that visit when we fell in love with Shetland and couldn't resist planning a two-month island adventure for 2021.
From the moment we left the harbour at Aberdeen on the NorthLink ferry, we knew that our high hopes and expectations for visiting Shetland were certainly going to be met. Bottlenose dolphins were waiting to wave us off on our journey and we had hours of opportunity to spot more from the deck. It was the perfect start; there was no doubt that our summer in Shetland was going to be spellbinding.