Shetland Summer Solstice


Trip Info

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Sorry, this tour is not running for 2022.

Our destination is the remote islands of Shetland in the far north of Scotland, and our purpose is to celebrate the Summer Solstice. This special period is known in these parts as ‘Simmer Dim’, and we will experience the night-long twilight at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Nature Reserve. Visit several truly amazing ancient sites and learn about the history, myths and legends which surround these wildly beautiful islands. Delve into Shetland’s Viking heritage and visit the Up Helly Aa Exhibition in Lerwick. We will stop at the fascinating Braemar Highland Games Centre on our way back to Edinburgh.


  • Dunnottar Castle
  • St Andrews – home of golf
  • Breath taking scenery of the Shetland Isles
  • Traditional live music
  • Celebrate the summer solstice at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
  • Explore the Jarlshof prehistoric and Norse settlement
  • Spot Puffins
  • Visit the Up Helly Aa Exhibition in Lerwick
  • Royal Braemar Highland Games Centre


  • Local Scottish Guide
  • 2 overnight ferries (twin-share cabin)
  • 3 nights 3* B&B
  • 3 traditional Scottish breakfasts
  • Free time in Lerwick
  • Guided tour of Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head Lighthouse tour and Summer Solstice celebrations
  • Souvenir Map

Terms and Conditions
The cancellation fees are levied from periods of notice given prior to confirmed/nominate departure date as % of the total trip fare. Cancellations up to 22 days before departure 50% fee. Cancellations 21 days or less incur a 100% fee. This product does not qualify for a deposit option - full payment is required at time of booking. . Please note this tour runs in conjunction with our sister company HAGGiS Adventures.

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Limited Seats

"To say that I LOVE the Shetland Isle’s is an understatement. Of all the places that I’ve visited in the world, Shetland is by far my favourite. It’s not just my passion - it’s a bit of an obsession! There are world-famous, mind blowing, ancient archaeological sites and stunningly beautiful beaches which I can’t wait to share with you."

Dougie, Local Guide, Highland Explorer Tours


DAY 1: Edinburgh to Aberdeen

We depart Edinburgh and make our first stop at the iconic Forth Bridge before travelling onwards through the Kingdom of Fife, taking in the beautiful coastal scenery and stopping at the charming university town of St Andrews. We journey north to Dunnottar Castle, which is dramatically perched over the North Sea, before boarding the ferry in Aberdeen for our overnight sailing to the Shetland Islands. (Overnight: Ferry)

DAY 2: Lerwick

We arrive in Shetland, and spend the morning exploring the main town of Lerwick – followed by a visit to the impressive Iron Age Clickimin Broch. Wander through Scalloway Castle and enjoy award-winning fish and chips for lunch. Discover the wild cliffs of Eshaness, before returning to our base in Lerwick. Spend the night soaking up the atmosphere in the local pubs.(Overnight: Lerwick)

DAY 3: Lerwick

After a leisurely start we journey west to explore the wee islands of Burra and Tronda, before visiting the famous beach at St Ninian’s Isle. Next, we wander through Jarlshof; one of Scotland’s finest and best-preserved prehistoric sites before heading back to the hotel to freshen up and have dinner. We finish the day at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse; an iconic location with sweeping cliffs and stunning sea views. Exclusively ours for the evening, enjoy a guided tour, traditional music and sample some of Shetland’s local specialities. Spending the summer solstice in such a far-flung location, surrounded by the vast North Sea and its wildlife, is an
experience which will last a lifetime.(Overnight: Lerwick)

DAY 4: Lerwick

Spend the day exploring the charming town of Lerwick. Immerse yourself in the rich and interesting history of the islands at the award-winning Shetland Museum. You will also have the chance to visit the home of Detective Perez in the BBC Shetland programme, and the museum dedicated to the world-renowned Viking fire festival that is Up Helly Aa. (Overnight: Lerwick)

Day 5: Lerwick and ferry to Aberdeen

After breakfast, we venture north to discover the ancient Tingwall, once home to Shetland’s earliest parliament. Soak up the last of the island scenery at the beautiful Lunna Bay. We head back to Lerwick for lunch before boarding the overnight ferry back to mainland Scotland. (Overnight: Ferry)

DAY 6: Aberdeen to Edinburgh

Back on the mainland, we make our way through scenic Royal Deeside, passing Crathie Kirk; the Royal Family’s place of worship when at their Highland residence. We visit the Braemar Highland Games Centre, housed in the stunning Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Centre. The new centre offers a fascinating exhibition exploring the history of the annual Highland Games in Braemar. Our final drive takes us through the Cairngorms National Park before arriving back into Edinburgh.


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Departure Time

Please check in at 07.45 for tour departure at 08.00.

Return Time

Tour returns at 17.30.


Accommodation Included


We book your accommodation and drop you off at the door to your 3*  hotel/B&B. This tour includes two nights in a twin share ferry cabin and twin/double in a Shetland hotel/B&B.

In most cases you are staying in a B&B (Bed and Breakfast), which is renowned for offering visitors a warm Highland welcome. Most B&Bs offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast and is included in the price. On occasion, you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors, giving you the opportunity of experiencing Scotland in a more authentic way. B&B’s and guest houses are both generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further.


Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

One room with one bed suitable for one adult.

Accessibility and Facilities

For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.