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Island Trails

Hillcrest | Bigton, Shetland, Lerwick ZE2 9JA, Scotland
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Spectacular Shetland Tour

We recently visited the Shetland Islands and booked an all day tour with James Tait, owner of... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2018
AmberLFran
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Tampa, Florida
Happy trails

James was an informative and interesting guide who made five Aussies feel like family! The tour we... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Lindsay B
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Narooma, Australia
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Join Island Trails to discover the real Shetland, it's beautiful scenery, history, culture and wildlife. Owned by crofter and wildlife enthusiast James Tait who also has a keen interest in local history. With his extensive local knowledge James can plan a tour or walk to suit your interests and timescale. Check out the Island Trails website for more information and to read recent customer testimonials.
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Hillcrest | Bigton, Shetland, Lerwick ZE2 9JA, Scotland
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

We recently visited the Shetland Islands and booked an all day tour with James Tait, owner of Island Trails. He tailored the tour to our interests: history, nature, WWII... and we loved it! James picked us up at our hotel and the following 8 hours...More

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Thank you for your very positive review, it's much appreciated. I enjoyed showing you around and it was made all the easier by the fact you took the blustery January weather in your stride and it didn't detract from your day. I hope your first...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

James was an informative and interesting guide who made five Aussies feel like family! The tour we chose was of the north and we had a wonderful day enjoying the spectacular scenery Shetland has to offer. Cannot recommend James and his tour any higher.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed 2 full days touring with James and another with Grant. Both were very well informed and interesting guides covering every aspect of Shetland life, history and wildlife. We are sure James tipped the otter a few fish to turn up at just the...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

If you want to see the whole of Shetland in a short period, then the tours by Island Trails are ideal. Great way to meet other travelers as well. Mini van with around 6 people, with James as your driver and guide. Friendly and informative....More

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Thank you for the positive review, much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels, kind regards, James.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We had 4 hour+ tour of Southern Shetland Island with James Tait of Island Trails (info@island-trails.co.uk) There were 6 of us. The cost was was very reasonable and James was fantastic. His van was very comfortable. He had a mike so we all could hear....More

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Thanks for the lovely review, much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and we were fortunate to see so many puffins at one time! Kind regards, James. (Note to other readers: On Shetland Puffins can only be seen from April to the beginning of...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

I joined James and his colleague for 3 separate day tours to different parts of the Shetland mainland and each tour was really varied and excellent. This was my first visit to Shetland and I can't think of a better way to be introduced to...More

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Thank you for your kind review, it's much appreciated! I'm glad you had a great time during your visit to Shetland. James.

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

We arrived on a cruise ship for the day. Prior to leaving home I had booked this tour for the four of us. I'm so glad we did this and very happy we chose James. His detailed knowledge of and enthusiasm for this lovely place...More

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James T, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Thanks for your kind review, it was a pleasure to show you around Shetland.

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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Agree with all previous comments. Booked this tour bacause of all favorable comments. We weren't disappointed! James is an excellent tour guide. We toured the South part of the Shetlands and thoroughly enjoyed his narratives and choice of sites, As a native, he had very...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

Many thanks for the kind review. Glad you enjoyed the tour, James.

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

James gave us a wonderful tour of Shetland. I was not expecting much from such a small island but James showed us that Shetland has much to offer. From the Seaviews , to the horse competitions, to The Croft House, and then the Lighthouse. It...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

Hello and thanks for the very positive review. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour around the South Mainland of Shetland. Regards, James.

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

I really enjoyed my day tour with James and my three other fellow travelers as Island Trails turned out to be a truly joyful and exciting experience. To go North proved both informative and visually entertaining as the Shetland landscape gradually opened for us with...More

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JTaitShetland, Owner at Island Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for taking the time to post a review and I appreciate your very positive comments. James.

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angelaherzig13
15 May 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
I'm afraid that I have another non cruise tour commitment that day so can't be of service. I hope you enjoy your cruise and short visit to Shetland. Kind regards, James. Note to all readers: You will see from the... More
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yasminali1108
Hi, yasminali1108. What would you like to know about this attraction? I am on a cruise and have about six hours to see Lerwick. I would like to have a tour of Lerwick including the Eshaness Lighthouse See the dramatic northern reaches of the Shetlands and visit a museum and a clifftop lighthouse. Here, heather and moss blanket wispy landscapes and towering sea stacks and craggy cliffs rise from the surf. After a brief sightseeing drive of Lerwick, you will head to the scenic northwest corner of Mainland, traversing a landscape shrouded in peat and heather. Pause at the picturesque hamlet of Voe, rich in Scandinavian influence. Later, marvel at the rock-hewn sea stack known locally as Drongs. For a glimpse of island history, visit the Tangwick Haa Museum, which lovingly preserves the past of Northmavine through cherished artifacts and photographs. Continue to the Eshaness Lighthouse, dramatically set on a towering cliff. If you would like, you can walk along the ridge and enjoy the most spectacular clifftop scenery in the United Kingdom. please let me know the tour company and contact information . I am in Lerwick July 12 2018 and available from 8:00 to 2:00 pm thanks
15 May 2018|
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
I'm sorry to be putting on another negative reply but I have no availability for cruise ship passengers on July 12th. I hope you have a good cruise and enjoy your time in Shetland. Regards, James. Note to all readers... More
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wildivycreations
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Response from JTaitShetland | Property representative |
Hello, sorry to say I'm booked up with another tour that day so don't have availability for cruise ship passengers. I hope you have a great cruise. Regards, James.
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