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Join Island Trails to discover the real Shetland, it's beautiful scenery, history, culture and wildlife. Owned by crofter and wildlife enthusiast James Tait who also has a keen interest in local history. With his extensive local knowledge James can...more
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Hillcrest | Bigton, Shetland, Lerwick ZE2 9JA, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

Just came back from Scotland where I spent 5 days in the Shetland isles. Just beautiful awesome countryside and shores. Our tour guide was James who was absolutely wonderful. Very knowledge and had a great sense of humor. My dream of seeing the island and...More

Thank Lisa W
JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thanks for the kind review. I'm glad I could be part of making your wish to see real Shetland ponies in Shetland become reality! Kind regards, James.

Reviewed 2 September 2018

I booked my 2 tours from Australia by email with James. He replied promptly and kept me up to date on any changes to group numbers. I did the South Mainland tour first and had a marvellous time. It was late June but a very...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thank you for your kind review and I enjoyed showing you around Shetland. Best Regards, James.

Reviewed 12 August 2018

With a cruise we had a stop in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles end of July. As we wanted to do something without overcrowded buses or places we booked a tour with James. We booked the tour already from home, James answered all the time...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thanks for your positive review, much appreciated! Glad you enjoyed the tour and it was a first for me to end the tour at the riding centre! Best wishes to you all, James.

Reviewed 30 June 2018

James was able to satisfy all our requirements for things to see, and much more. Good knowledge of local history, flora and fauna. Booked us a lovely place for lunch and managed to avoid the coach parties. An excellent day all round.

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Hi, Thanks for your kind review which is much appreciated. Hope you will have opportunity to return to Shetland another time. Kind regards, James.

Reviewed 24 June 2018

We booked a break on Shetland with WildaboutOrkney and Island Trails took us out for a tour each day, picking us up at our hotel after breakfast. Each day was different as we visited various parts of the island. James was extremely friendly and shared...More

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JTaitShetland, Manager at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Thanks for your kind review, I'm glad you enjoyed the tours! Kind regards, James.

Reviewed 19 June 2018

James was absolutely fantastic taking a group of cruise people who didn't know each other on a comprehensive island tour that touched everything you could possibly see in the span of about 6 hours. He was patiently waiting for us all, very easy to find...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2018

Thanks for your very kind review. I recall not being able to see your cruise ship at anchor in Lerwick harbour due to the fog when I arrived and was relieved to see the ship's tenders appearing out of the fog! Whatever the weather Shetland...More

Reviewed 9 June 2018

Our day with James of Island Tours was excellent. His personal approach and obvious love of the islands combined with extensive knowledge made for a wonderful day. We highly recommend James if you want an outstanding tour!

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Thanks for your kind review and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Shetland! Regards, James.

Reviewed 2 June 2018

James our guide was most enthusiastic and knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful tour of South Mainland. It was a great introduction to Shetland which has so much to see, beautiful scenery, fascinating historic sites and wildlife. James showed us St Ninians Isle, Jarlshof as...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thanks for your kind review, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. James.

Reviewed 14 February 2018

We recently visited the Shetland Islands and booked an all day tour with James Tait, owner of Island Trails. He tailored the tour to our interests: history, nature, WWII... and we loved it! James picked us up at our hotel and the following 8 hours...More

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Thank you for your very positive review, it's much appreciated. I enjoyed showing you around and it was made all the easier by the fact you took the blustery January weather in your stride and it didn't detract from your day. I hope your first...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

James was an informative and interesting guide who made five Aussies feel like family! The tour we chose was of the north and we had a wonderful day enjoying the spectacular scenery Shetland has to offer. Cannot recommend James and his tour any higher.

Thank Lindsay B
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1hreid
29 June 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
Hello, I do have a tour booked in which is going to the North Mainland of Shetland - the wrong way for Jarlshof site unfortunately which is right down at the South. This tour leaves Lerwick 9.30am and returns at approx... More
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need2know101
24 June 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
I'm already fully booked up with others from your ship that day. sorry can't be of help to you.
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angelaherzig13
15 May 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
I'm afraid that I have another non cruise tour commitment that day so can't be of service. I hope you enjoy your cruise and short visit to Shetland. Kind regards, James. Note to all readers: You will see from the... More
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yasminali1108
Hi, yasminali1108. What would you like to know about this attraction? I am on a cruise and have about six hours to see Lerwick. I would like to have a tour of Lerwick including the Eshaness Lighthouse See the dramatic northern reaches of the Shetlands and visit a museum and a clifftop lighthouse. Here, heather and moss blanket wispy landscapes and towering sea stacks and craggy cliffs rise from the surf. After a brief sightseeing drive of Lerwick, you will head to the scenic northwest corner of Mainland, traversing a landscape shrouded in peat and heather. Pause at the picturesque hamlet of Voe, rich in Scandinavian influence. Later, marvel at the rock-hewn sea stack known locally as Drongs. For a glimpse of island history, visit the Tangwick Haa Museum, which lovingly preserves the past of Northmavine through cherished artifacts and photographs. Continue to the Eshaness Lighthouse, dramatically set on a towering cliff. If you would like, you can walk along the ridge and enjoy the most spectacular clifftop scenery in the United Kingdom. please let me know the tour company and contact information . I am in Lerwick July 12 2018 and available from 8:00 to 2:00 pm thanks
15 May 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
I'm sorry to be putting on another negative reply but I have no availability for cruise ship passengers on July 12th. I hope you have a good cruise and enjoy your time in Shetland. Regards, James. Note to all readers... More
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wildivycreations
14 May 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
Hello, sorry to say I'm booked up with another tour that day so don't have availability for cruise ship passengers. I hope you have a great cruise. Regards, James.
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