Departing Lerwick, we travel south along the coastal road, with the sea on one side and the hills of the South Mainland on the other. We pass through several small settlements before reaching the village of Sandwick where we meet our skipper who will take us on the short ferry trip to the uninhabited island of Mousa. On the way, he will be delighted to point out any sightings of porpoises or seals that the island is famous for. Mousa Sound is one of Scotland’s most important sites for the endangered harbour porpoise, which is present between May and September.
Once on the island, we will walk to the famous Mousa Broch, a magnificent and awe-inspiring monument of ancient Scotland. Standing 13 metres high, this tower is the tallest and best-preserved broch in the world. Combining features of fort, fortified house and status symbol, it could easily have been used for a number of purposes. We will explore this mysterious structure and wonder at how well-preserved this tall broch is and speculate as to why was it built. Scholars are still wondering if it has always stood alone, or was there a settlement here?
For those who would like to explore more of Mousa, and perhaps see some seals in their natural habitat, there is an optional two-mile circular walk, taking us past two pools which are known seal resting sites. There is a viewing point en route and we may set sea birds including Arctic terns, skuas and great skuas. Mousa is also home to around 600 pairs of nocturnal storm petrels - a true haven for wildlife.
For those not participating in this optional walk, there will be ample time for exploring the broch and taking photos from the tower, where the views are magnificent and unspoiled. We will then all re-board the ferry for the return journey to Sandwick and return to the ship at Lerwick.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Language: English
- Included: Ferry transfer
- Requirements: Sturdy walking boots and suitable wet weather clothing required
- Wheelchair accessible: No
Maximum participants: 45