Shetland Walking and Wildlife Holidays

Mincke WhaleWhilst staying at Herrislea House Hotel on your Shetland holiday why not take in some of the spectacular wildlife to be seen on the Shetland Isles. Whether you like bird watching or would like to see a pod of Killer Whales they can be found on the Shetland Isles.

If its sea life that you want to see on your Shetland wildlife holiday then there are some animals to see that you might not even expect to see in the British Isles such as killer Whales (Orcas), Sea Otters, Bearded Seals, Porpoises, White Beaked Dolphins and even Humpbacked Whales. In fact 18 species of Whale can and has been seen in Shetland.

Shetland is world famous for its wildlife and is a paradise for twitchers, Seabird species are numerous, everything from gannets and fulmar petrels to skuas, divers and the iconic little puffins. Shetland is also famed as a place for twitchers to see rare an exotic vagrants, birds resting on migration and those that may have been blown off-course by the wind. All this means that Shetland is a great place for bird watching holidays.

Surprisingly no land mammals are native to the Shetland Isles, any that are there have been introduced by humans including otters and Shetland ponies.

Shetland is sparsely populated, somewhere around 34% of the Islands 22,000 people living in Lerwick and roughly 50% living within 10 miles of it. The remainder of the population live on scattered fishing villages and crofting townships, generally around the coast, so most of Shetland is deserted for most of the time which is great for wildlife.

If you have a day or two spare during your trip to Shetland you can head next door to the Tingwall Airport and take a flight to one of the outer islands such as Foula or Fair Isle to experience some of the best places in the world to see migrating birds and other wildlife. If you are travelling to Fair Isle be sure to check out the Fair Isle Bird Observatory

So if you want to enjoy a Shetland wildlife holiday and enjoy all of this wonderful wildlife why not come and stay at Herrislea House Hotel.

For regular updates on new wildlife sightings by our guests be sure to like the Herrislea Facebook page.

Walking Around Shetland

Step out from Herrislea House and explore the fertile and tranquil crofting landscape of Tingwall Valley. There is a circular walk of 5 miles (8km) through the valley which includes all main heritage sites. Prehistoric dwellers have left evidence of their occupation and you can find 'burnt mounds', chambered cairns and standing stones.

In the area Tingwall and Asta Lochs are superb for fishing and birdwatching

The hotel keeps a set of walking books written by an adopted local, Peter Guy.  His books point out all the places of interest along the way.  So whether you are a novice or a seasoned hiker there is something of interest for you.