This morning tour will drive you around the best of west Shetland, with its show-stealing backdrop of heather-clad hills and mirror-like lochs. Even the farmland vistas are pretty – low stone walls zigzag the land, while Shetland sheep dot the hills. Traditional harbour towns are scattered along the coast, too, including Scalloway, the original capital of the Shetlands. Here, the tour will pause at skeletal Scalloway Castle, which dominates the waterfront. Although built by the tyrannical Earl Patrick Stewart in 1600, it looks Medieval thanks to its collection of towering turrets. There’ll also be a stop at Shetland Jewellery, where you can pick up locally-crafted Celtic rings, rowan tree necklaces, and Viking ship cufflinks. Just keep your camera at hand – the surrounding countryside is part of Weisdale Voe, a long stretch of water that’s filled with isles, wading birds, and even the occasional dolphin.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.