Island Trails. Local tour guide and crofter James Tait offers tours steeped in the social history of Shetland, giving you a lively account, and no doubt many an introduction, to Shetland and its people. Opt for a guided tour around St. Ninian's Isle or a bespoke day's tour of the island. 01950/950228; From £25.

Shetland Nature. Here you'll find richly informed tours that cover a lot of ground while quietly tracking Shetland's otters, birds, and the unique wildflowers of the islands. Photographers are specially catered to. Shetland Islands. 01595/760333; From £120.

Wildabout Orkney. Well-organized and informative tours, including Treasures of Orkney and Megalithic Masterpieces, run daily April to September. 01856/877737; From £59.

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