"Up Helly Aa" & the Northern Lights
Many of our Guests don't think about travelling north to the Islands of Shetland as they think it too far north to be included in a short tour. However, taking an overnight ferry from Aberdeen in your own comfortable cabin will see you arriving in Lerwick in time for Breakfast before leaving the ship to explore this most beautiful 'last outpost' of Scotland.
To see the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights as they are often known, remains an ambition of so many of our Guests, yet few venture this far north where the best chances of catching a glimpse of them are.
The Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights
On the last Tuesday of January each year, the Shetlanders celebrate "Up Helly Aa" during which they proudly display their Viking ancestry. The weather can be cold in January but, with flaming torches leading the Viking long boat through the streets of Lerwick, there's usually enough fire to heat even the coldest visitor from the south. The celebrations take place throughout Shetland albeit on a smaller scale than the Lerwick event.
With your own driver/guide, Silver Skye will take you up to these exceptional Islands with the option of stopping at Orkney on the way south again.