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1. Shetland offers a wildlife extravaganza!
Where can you easily see dolphins performing spectacular acrobatics in shimmering voes, seals sunning themselves near the local supermarket, otters and cubs at play in their original and undisturbed natural habitats, harbour porpoises cruising just offshore or killer whales hunting?
Where is it the work of a moment to organise a breathtaking trip to some of the finest of Scotland’s nature reserves? Perhaps you’ll visit the gannet colony at Hermaness, the truly world-class seabird city on the island of Noss or the red-necked phalaropes at their favoured wetland in Fetlar.
Where can you do all this without endless hikes or over-priced cruises?
Shetland, of course! Reach 60° North in just over an hour from one of Scotland’s main airports or take to the high seas and book an overnight trip with NorthLink Ferries. Easy as!
Shetland is a wildlife adventure recommended by naturalist Simon King and otterholic Charlie Hamilton James. Unlike farther-flung destinations, you’ll probably want to visit more than once in a lifetime. Simon and Charlie are both regular visitors and they can’t be wrong!
Visit Sumburgh Head and the Visitor Centre, open daily from (Apr - Sep). Make a day of it, pack a picnic and explore the recently refurbished lighthouse and readily accessible RSPB Nature Reserve – eye spy guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and comical puffins, known locally as tammie norie