Day Trips

 

Winter Wildlife - a full day seeking out our special winter visitors.

As famous as Shetland is for her incredible array of wildlife during the summer months, winter can be equally as enthralling. Our lochs are jam-packed with wintering wildfowl from Iceland, northern Europe and western Siberia - hundreds of Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Teal and Goldeneye can be found with ease, as can Icelandic Whooper Swans. For the really keen birder there's often a goodie or two to be seen like a wintering White-billed Diver or a King Eider. On the coast, further ornithological attractions include 'easy' Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Black Guillemots, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, masses of Long-tailed Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Turnstones and the delightful Slavonian Grebe. For mammal buffs, there are guaranteed close encounters with both Common and Grey Seals (bring your cameras!) and we can often find small numbers of Harbour Porpoise. Out on the hills, the frosty-coloured Mountain Hare can be found with relative ease - unless it's snowing!. Winter is also the best time of year to see Otters. There are many misconceptions about watching Otters here in Shetland. Folk will tell you that dawn and dusk are the best times, some folk will tell you they are impossible to see at any time of year and some folk will tell you that they are so rare, you just don't stand a chance. Trust us, adages like that are nothing more than old wives tales but you do need to know how, where and what to look for - and that's where we come into play! The short daylight hours mean that Otters are more active in winter than at any other time of year and our favourite sites often yield stunning views of animals on feeding forays - and it's not unusual for us to see mothers with their cubs. So, join us for an exhilarating, educational and fun day out this winter.

To book please e mail us or call us on 01950 460939. Please note a 25% booking fee is required at the time of booking (naturally refundable in the event of the trip being cancelled due to adverse weather etc.).