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“A Golden Trip” 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.
Worcester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A Golden Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We have been visiting Shetland for almost 20 years and have been clients of Shetland Wildlife for nearly as long. Not so much clients as friends now! Having seen the islands in Winter, Summer and Autumn we have come to love them thanks to the insights provided by Shetland Wildlife guides who still manage to take us to new places. For less experienced birders, the summer is a good way to learn about birds and their behaviour, for the experts there is the excitement of finding something new in Spring or Autumn. Then there is Up Helly Aa. Huw and his team go out of their way to ensure every client is well looked after and the organisation from start to finish is exceptional. The personal touch is a huge plus point. We shall be back next year again to enjoy the birding, the islands and the many friends we have made thanks to Shetland Wildlife!

Visited October 2016
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“Autumn Gold Shetland Wildlife 2016”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Once again another fantastic trip superbly organised by the team at Shetland Wildlife, is there any surprise i'm already booked for another of their Autumn Gold trips for next year!! (In fact i'm booked on 3 of their trips for next year!) The whole team really do make sure everything is organised perfectly for you to make your trip the best it can be, they go out of their way to ensure everything is just perfect. This year lots of rare birds were turning up on some of the remote islands but this wasn't a problem, Hugh and the guides would arrange for us to get there on the boats at short notice with ease. Bring on next year.

Visited October 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Shetland Wildlife 2016”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We have just finished another super week with Shetland wildlife - no wonder we keep coming back! The weather has been superb and the trip as good as ever. The excellent guide who balanced the wants and needs of a diverse group made the experience one to remember with pleasure. The information flow to ensure we saw all there was to see excellent. Is it any wonder we are already booked to return again in 2017!

Visited October 2016
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Autumn bird migration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This was my 5th autumn trip with this company and it was excellent as usual. Many clients are, like me, returnees which speaks volumes for the quality of service this company provides. Knowledgeable guides who know the length and breadth of these islands and their ability to locate the rare birds present and make sure the clients are 'on to them' is remarkable. Great accommodation and food plus the company of like minder birders made this a special trip. Shetland is the place to be for rare birds in autumn and this company is tops. I'm back next year!

Visited September 2016
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Walk on the wildside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I have travelled for many years but have to say the 'Walking Shetland' holiday with 'Shetland Wildlife' has been one of the best times I have had.
The walks were varied and unrushed which meant that I was able to actually watch the wildlife and take lots of pictures. From orcas to otters, gannets to puffins, we were given the time and opportunity to see all. A wonderful walk at Hermaness meant I got photos of puffins bringing back sand eels - what an experience!!
Our guide, Mick, was patient, very knowledgeable and excellent at spotting anything moving or stationary. His passion for wildlife- particularly otters - made sightings both fun and exciting. Running across cliff tops 'chasing orcas' with Hugh and others felt like storm chasing!!
The accommodation was excellent and Keith and his team at the Spiggie Hotel were brilliant. The place felt like home.
For anyone wanting a holiday that combines walking, wildlife, photography and good company, I would definitely recommend 'Walking Shetland.'

Visited July 2016
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Hugh H, Owner at Shetland Wildlife, responded to this review, 1 September 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experience of travelling with Shetland Wildlife. Our business prides itself on the quality and all-round skills of our naturalist guides and we are delighted to read your comments. I will certainly pass on your words to Mick who will be delighted to read them. We sincerely hope to see you again in the near future and thank you once again for choosing Shetland Wildlife.
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