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“Visitors from Surrey” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shetland Wildlife

Shetland Wildlife
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Sumburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: With over 21 years of experience we are the No.1 choice for birding, mammal-watching, botanical, photographic & walking holidays in Shetland. We are also the only award-winning eco-tourism holiday business resident in Shetland. Visit us online - our site is packed with wild ideas and a choice of 40 wildlife-filled holidays. Day tours plus tailor-made & bespoke packages also arranged for individuals / groups plus boat trips, exclusive hide photography and wildlife sound recording. We also operate a portfolio of wildlife-watching and photography holidays overseas to Finland, Norway, France, Spain, Poland and Hungary. Fully Bonded by the CAA: ATOL 9151.
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Visitors from Surrey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

We have travelled with Shetland Wildlife annually since 2008 and the reason they have our repeat business is because we find all aspects of the breaks we take with them excellent. The guides we have had have all been very knowledgeable about wildlife and botany and have had extremely strong customer facing skills. They always take into account what all clients are looking to get out the trip and try to ensure that all wants are met. The pre-trip experience is good with a high attention to detail on the website for booking, pre-trip information is excellent. They always make sure they know when you are arriving and whether you need transfers from your arrival point on Shetland. Overall we love Shetland as a place and get a lot out of the experience with Shetland Wildlife. Keep up the good work! We look forward to our tip with you in a few weeks time!

Visited October 2012
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Hugh H, Owner at Shetland Wildlife, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your many experiences of travelling with Shetland Wildlife. We strive to offer the best wildlife-viewing and customer service levels for our travellers and positive feedback such as yours makes us want to work even harder and harder! We look forward to welcoming you back to Shetland for what will hopefully be another memorable trip and thank you once again for choosing Shetland Wildlife as your holiday provider to Shetland.
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“You want to see wildlife then you will. they know where all the best birds best Otters and best other mammals are and you will s”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

An excellent company that I have used for years . The guides know where the birds and wildlife are or have the right knowledge to know where to look ! Administration is a breeze and if you want extras they are happy to deal for you. You can always speak with the Director prior to your booking. You always know what is happening as their communication is good , their Facebook site tells you what's happening as it does but they also ensure you have lots of information via emails too. You want to go to Shetland you want to see birds and wildlife then go with Shetland wildlife they are the best!oh and it's fun too! You will have great Craic and great memories!

Visited October 2012
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Hugh H, Owner at Shetland Wildlife, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experiences of travelling with Shetland Wildlife. We really appreciate your repeat business and look forward to welcoming you on yet another trip in the future! Thanks also for mentioning our Facebook page which as a remote business working in a remote location, acts as a huge hub of communication for us. It means our 'shop door' is always open for those wanting to know about our business and find out what we are up to! Thank you once again for choosing Shetland Wildlife as your holiday provider to Shetland and beyond!
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“Felt like we were National Geographic special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

Amazing experience we will never forget. I would highly recommend this trip, you will be blow away by the wildlife and scenery. The crew are pros and are very entertaining as well.

Simply a must do!!

Visited July 2013
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Hugh H, Owner at Shetland Wildlife, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experience of travelling with Shetland Wildlife. It was a real pleasure for us to guide you and introduce you to the wildlife that lives in the islands we call home! We sincerely hope to see you again in the near future and thank you once again for choosing Shetland Wildlife
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Ely, United Kingdom
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“Excellent trip - great photos, made special with expert knowledge and fun guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We (myself and two friends) needed a flexible trip with several outings interspersed with break days for us to rest and do our own things. Hugh, Michelle and the staff crafted an excellent schedule with flexibility to accommodate changing weather and recent sightings. We were able to see otters, mountain hares, various 'white' gull species and many other winter Shetland bird delights. Hugh's expert knowledge was invaluable and allowed us to get great photo opportunities and his network of contacts allowed us to see rarities like a Rough-legged Buzzard and a Great Northern Diver. We also made a boat trip to get special access to waterfowl like the long-tailed duck, eider and razorbill.
My photos from the trip have won several competitions, in no small part to Shetland Wildlife's ability to get me to the right spot.
Add to this Hugh's infectious enthusiasm and welcoming manner, we all had a great time and are looking forward to a new trip soon.

Visited February 2013
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Hugh H, Owner at Shetland Wildlife, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experience of travelling with Shetland Wildlife. Our ethos is to be as flexible as possible with regards to wildlife photography itineraries which is why we created our bespoke & custom-made trip option for visiting photographers. Having read your review we are delighted that you enjoyed your trip with us and are even more delighted to learn that you have had success with images taken on the trip in photographic competitions. It was a real pleasure to guide you and we sincerely hope to see you again in the near future.

Thank you once again for choosing Shetland Wildlife.
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Wirksworth, United Kingdom
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“Action Packed Week of Wildlife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

This is a review of the Focus on Shetland tour. A packed 6 days of wildlife taking in all that the islands of Mainland, Yell, Unst and Fetlar can offer. Never having been to Shetland before it provided a brilliant introduction to these wonderful islands. The highlight for me was the visit to Hermaness NNR on Unst. Though the red-necked phalaropes, sea bird colonies of Noss, and the storm petrels on Mousa came very close. Not to mention the odd rarity or two.
The guides Hugh and Jon were as knowledgeable as they were enthusiastic.
You could go independently to Shetland but you wouldn't get to experience as many of the opportunities that Shetland Wildlife offer. A must.

Visited June 2013
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Hugh H, Owner at Shetland Wildlife, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your trip with us and for sharing your experiences! It was a pleasure to guide you and introduce you to the wildlife that lives in the islands we call home. Thanks also for the photos you posted.

We sincerely hope to see you again in the near future and thank you once again for choosing Shetland Wildlife for your first-ever visit to Shetland.
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