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Island Holidays
Established 1987

The Polar Regions

Whether in Antarctica or the Arctic, expedition voyages take you to remote, unspoilt places with amazing scenery, wildlife and history. Island Holidays offers both land-based holidays and expedition cruises. View our Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruises

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South Atlantic Islands

We're talking about some of the most remote places on Earth – St Helena (to which we offer both fully guided tours and independent travel), the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha to name but a few. View our South Atlantic Islands cruise holidays

Featured Favourites

Over many years Island Holidays has been offering fantastic birding, wildlife and history themed holidays, some of which have stood out as being really very special. Some are close to home, some far-flung, all of them favourite! View our favourite guided holiday destinations

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Snowy Owls back in Shetland

There was a lot of excitement in Shetland last month with the first Snowy Owl to be seen for several years.

Snowy Owls haven’t actually bred in the islands since the 1960s/1970s – an event which was discovered by the late Bobby Tulloch, co-founding partner of Island Holidays. This one was spotted on South Mainland but apparently didn’t hang around for long. Snowy Owls are Arctic birds, perfectly designed to fit into that environment. I was lucky enough to go out with Bobby in the early 1980’s on Fetlar where the last remaining female was sitting on a rock allowing herself to be admired by a handful of birders who had made the journey north. It was one of those experiences you never forget, as was my first otter on Shetland. For our tour at the end of May we don’t hold out much hope for Snowy Owls but all our groups in recent years have had good sightings of otters plus, of course, the wealth of birdlife which these fabulous islands have to offer. You’ll gather Shetland is one of my favourites!


by Libby 07/03/2014

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