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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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Shetland named as top destination

Lonely Planet has named Shetland as one of the world's top destinations.

Of course some of us have known that for years but it's getting the message across which is the problem. Costly to reach, Shetland (please, NEVER "The Shetlands") comprises over 100 islands, stacks and skerries and is probably best known for its wildlife as highlighted in Simon King's "Shetland Diaries" which was shown on BBC2 earlier this year.   According to local councillor and tour guide Jonathan Wills, "We have quite the most spectacular accessible seabird colonies in Europe.   We even have a "drive in" puffin colony at Sumburgh Head where you park your car, look overr the wall and watch Puffins  just yards from you."   And just down the road is one of the finest archaeological sites in Britain at Jarlshof.

Our guided holiday in June takes in all these highlights as well as staying on the remote island of Fair Isle where we'll meet local people and discover what makes this iconic place tick.  We'll go out to the National Nature Reserve of Noss with Jonathan Wills (quoted above), visit a unique botanical site on Unst, look for Red-necked Phalaropes on Fetland and enjoy the sounds and sights of what Shetland Islanders have always known to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.   Check it out in our "Featured Favourites" section.


by Libby 02/12/2010

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