Exploring Shetland

Immersive 6 Day Small Group Experience

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Exploring Shetland

Empty beaches, rugged coastline, fresh air, stunning scenery, island culture… does this sound like your perfect adventure?

The Shetland Islands are made up of over 100 islands sitting between Norway and Scotland. Just 400 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and as far north as St Petersburg, Russia, or Anchorage, Alaska, this set of Scottish Islands are like no other.  Just over 500 years ago, Shetland was given to Scotland as a dowry from the King of Norway and the Norse heritage and culture is still very much part of life for Shetlanders. With their own flag, dialect, traditions and culture Shetland is a world of its own.

Experience the islands with one of the locals ‘Shetland Islands with Leah’.

Leah will host this unique experience immersing you into her home with a schedule of bespoke entertainment and activities that will allow you to experience Shetland in an exclusive and exciting way. Experience the landscape from Leah’s eyes as she knows all the best places to go and how to experience Shetland at its best.  Get to know the locals through a series of curated evenings of local food and music.  See the wildlife in its natural habitat and enjoy unforgettable encounters with a variety of seabirds, sea life and more…

What better way to experience Shetland, than with a local. This is the trip you’ve been waiting for.


Picture of Tour Host, Leah, on a beach in Shetland.

Local Host, Leah.

I’m so delighted to have this opportunity to take a small group of guests on a special tour of Shetland with me.  I’m so passionate about the islands and I cannot wait to meet guests who will no doubt leave as friends, and hopefully come back again once they’ve experienced the magic of this place.


For those with a real interest in Shetland you may have come across Leah before.  Perhaps you follow her very successful social media channels where she beautifully shares here experiences, heritage and passion for these islands.  For more information or to connect with Leah directly then one of the best places to find her is here at Shetland Islands with Leah.

What will my week look like?

Your experience begins in the island capital of Lerwick on the Monday morning where you’ll meet your host, driver and other guests.  You may wish to arrive the evening before, but we are also offering the option to travel on the overnight ferry from Aberdeen.  We can share more information about both of these options with you when planning the detail of your escape to Shetland.

Over the week you’ll be able to explore parts of the South Mainland including the beautiful beaches at St Ninian’s Isle and down at Sumburgh Head.  You’ll also travel across the North Mainland where highlights include trails around Eshaness, Hillswick and a unique hands on rural experience near North Roe.  We are excited for you to head out onto the water to explore one of the local nature reserves in the area – home to vast arrays of nesting seabirds in the soaring cliffs above the sea.  Leah will take you for a visit to one or two of the larger inhabited islands off the mainland too to explore the unique culture of islanders in these parts.  With visits to local heritage centres, as well as private experiences with local musicians, crafts people and artists, not to mention sampling the wonderful local produce from both land and sea, your week is sure to offer variety and insight to life here in Shetland.

You can enjoy two comfortable accommodations for the week which gives you the opportunity to relax and not live out of a suitcase each day.

On your final morning you will check-out from your hotel and travel south to Lerwick with your host and group.  There will be a couple of interesting and scenic stops enroute before you bid farewell to your fellow travellers and your experience comes to an end at lunchtime.  Onward travel to the airport at Sumburgh is available this afternoon, or those wishing to take the return ferry from Lerwick to Aberdeen in the evening can enjoy an afternoon at leisure here in Lerwick.

How do I reserve my place?

Places on our Shetland experience this summer are limited to 10 people.  To reserve your place with a small £150 initial deposit, or to find out more information, please contact Jane at Capercaillie Escapes.  You can do this by sharing a few details on our contact form here or sending an email to info@capercaillieescapes.com.

Once you have secured your place we will be very happy to work with you to plan any other parts of your Scottish itinerary.  For example – you may wish to add a couple of days in Edinburgh or the Scottish Highlands before or after your Shetland experience.


Exploring the Shetland Islands with Leah

A few highlights of where we'll go...

What people say about their escape

It was perfectly seamless

“Thank you for crafting it all in such a special way for us to enjoy – it was perfectly seamless and more exciting than could be imagined.  Leading us through the most stunning valleys and memorable landscapes we have ever enjoyed together – you sure do know your Scotland.”

John & Carla, Germany

Nothing less than excellent

Our experience with Capercaillie Escapes was nothing less than excellent.  Jane immediately understood the core of the holiday I wanted even after only a few emails exchanged.  This is noticeable and it gained immediately my trust. It has been a real surprise to receive the travel guide and pleasure to read and use along the holiday.  It is also a great way to remember the holiday and share with friends.

Rivara Family, Italy

Absolute pleasure

We will be in touch next time we want to come on a Capercaillie Escape, which I have no doubt we will – it has been an absolute pleasure, and we have seen and done things that we would never have experienced without all of your careful planning. Loch Melfort was a particular high-point for both of us and Olive (the dog).

Joanne, United Kindgom


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