Covid-19 and Wild Shetland Tours


With Scotland and the rest of the UK (and much of Europe) seemingly going backwards in the fight against Covid-19, and new restrictions on gatherings, movements, quarantining etc being imposed at very short notice, it is apparent that now, unfortunately, is not the time for tour guides/companies to attempt to "re-open". Shetland has mercifully remained almost Covid-free for many months, although there have been two isolated cases in recent weeks. Travel to/from the islands by air is still very unpredictable, with many flights being cancelled or rearranged at short notice.

As such, Wild Shetland Tours will not be offering any tours until March 2021, although this will be reviewed if the situation improves dramatically over the autumn and winter months, which currently seems unlikely. However, we remain positive and optimistic that 2021 will see a return to some form of normality and allow visitors to Shetland to enjoy everything the islands have to offer in the company of a guide.

Bookings and enquiries for future tours are still more than welcome. Please email if you have any questions or need any information. In the meantime, stay safe.


Despite recent announcements from the Scottish Government that "tourism will open" on 15th July 2020, it is not clear what this actually means in practical terms. As yet, there has been no guidance as to how tour guides/companies such as Wild Shetland Tours, who provide vehicle-based tours, can operate safely and legally under current social distancing regulations. Many of Shetland's tourist attractions and venues have yet to announce opening dates and travel to/from Shetland will be below normal capacity for some time to come. Therefore, unfortunately, Wild Shetland Tours will not be offering any tours until October 2020 at the earliest, for the safety and peace of mind of guests and the local community alike.

Shetland has been fortunate in that the small number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the islands occurred early in the outbreak and, as such, were relatively successfully contained. There has not been a new case of Covid-19 in Shetland since late April 2020. This does, however, make the re-opening of the tourism industry in particular potentially more tricky. 

Travel to and from Shetland is currently more limited than usual by both by air and sea. More information from Northlink Ferries can be found on their coronavirus information page. Loganair currently have a reduced flight schedule, travellers should keep up to date with the Loganair website.


Travel within Shetland is currently also limited. Shetland Islands Council's inter-island ferries are running a restricted timetable with changes to bookings and payments. Click here for more information. Inter-island flights operated by Airtask are restricting travel to island residents and essential travellers only. More details can be found here.

Bookings and enquiries for future tours are more than welcome, and hopefully by 2021 we will be in a much better situation. Please email if you have any questions or need any information, or even if you just want to say hello! You can keep up with a small slice of Shetland life by visiting the blog pages. In the meantime, stay safe.

All photos (c) Rob Fray

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