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Address: Hillcrest | Bigton, Shetland, Lerwick ZE2 9JA, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 7880 950228

Join Island Trails to discover the real Shetland, it's beautiful scenery,...

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 plan a tour or walk to suit your interests and timescale. Check out the Island Trails website for more information and to read recent customer testimonials.

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Excellent & Informative Tour with James

Agree with all previous comments. Booked this tour bacause of all favorable comments. We weren't disappointed! James is an excellent tour guide. We toured the South part of the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2016
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Agree with all previous comments. Booked this tour bacause of all favorable comments. We weren't disappointed! James is an excellent tour guide. We toured the South part of the Shetlands and thoroughly enjoyed his narratives and choice of sites, As a native, he had very interesting stories of life on these beautiful islands. Highly recommend him as your guide. Aquablue24... More 

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind review. Glad you enjoyed the tour, James. More 

Philadelphia area
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

James gave us a wonderful tour of Shetland. I was not expecting much from such a small island but James showed us that Shetland has much to offer. From the Seaviews , to the horse competitions, to The Croft House, and then the Lighthouse. It is an Island to be enjoyed for it beauty and character. The history of Shetland... More 

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for the very positive review. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour around the South Mainland of Shetland. Regards, James. More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I really enjoyed my day tour with James and my three other fellow travelers as Island Trails turned out to be a truly joyful and exciting experience. To go North proved both informative and visually entertaining as the Shetland landscape gradually opened for us with the added benefit of a historical and cultural context provided by our expert guide.

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for taking the time to post a review and I appreciate your very positive comments. James. More 

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175 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Many thanks to James for the wonderful tours of Shetland he took us on. He is a very expert guide and was in tune with our needs. If he could just buy sunshine ... he would be perfect. I would strongly recommend anyone wishing to take a bespoke tour of the island contact Island Trails. James drove us about in... More 

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review and for taking such a keen interest in all the aspects of life in Shetland that I shared with you. It was a pleasure to show you around and I trust you will both return to Shetland again sometime. Kind regards, James. More 

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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Island Trails made a destination dream a reality. James, a sixth-generation Shetlander, was wonderful, engaging, professional, and a wonderful companion. For three days he shared the sights and sounds, history, culture, and amazing landscape. James even shared a few of his favorite poems in the Shetland dialect. As a special treat we were introduced to his sheep! Our days were... More 

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this review

Dear Scott & Jim, Thanks for your very kind words, it was a pleasure to be your guide during your visit to Shetland and thanks to you for taking such an interest in everything on the tours. One thing I maybe mislead you about - I'm the sixth generation of my family to live in the same village where I... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Extraordinary scenery. Harsh, wild and beautiful. Careful of the cliff edges though when the wind is high.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015

We were on a cruise and booked a tour with James the owner and guide of Island Trails. We were just a small group and James was very informative as he has always lived on Island. We visited the Lighthouse, saw the puffins nesting and had a really interesting tour of Jarlshof one of the most important prehistoric sites in... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

James took us (a group of four women) on a day tour of the North Island and we had a wonderful time. The highlight was our walk along the cliff top at Eshaness, but we enjoyed everything else too, including the stories and poems James entertained us with on the way "home" in Shetland dialect :-). We can highly recommend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

We recently were lucky enough to spend a day with Island Trails and James. He is excellent company and has an in-depth knowledge of the geology, history, wildlife and culture of his homeland. His love of Shetland shines through in all his conversations! He tailors your day to the interests and abilities of the individual, nothing is set in stone.... More 

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Kollum, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

We visited Lerwick bij Cruise Ship (Costa Fortuna). We had booked the tour with James some time earlier, and didn't regret that. We had a wonderful day, James is a very kind person and a wonderful guide. We were a group of 7 (me, my husband and 5 other guests from the cruise ship who had booked the tour). James... More 

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