Helping the nation thank the NHS – a FREE wildlife holiday to Shetland

To try and show our heartfelt gratitude to our National Health Service workers during this very difficult time, Shetland Nature are giving away a FREE holiday to Shetland in spring 2021.

Thanks to the support and generosity of our close associates at the Sumburgh Hotel, St Magnus Bay Hotel and NorthLink Ferries and everyone in the Shetland Nature team, the prize not only includes a three day itinerary to enjoy the best of Shetland wildlife but also return overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland and two nights full board accommodation – all for FREE!! Also collaborating to complete this amazing package are R G Jamiesons, providing minibus transport, and Shetland Seabird Tours who are offering an exciting boat trip to the bustling seabird cliffs of Noss National Nature Reserve.

This amazing prize draw is available to all NHS workers whether they are a receptionist, porter, nurse or doctor – all of whom put themselves at risk day after day to help care for those who need it. We, like so many others throughout the UK want to celebrate and pay tribute to their commitment and bravery and, by giving away this amazing holiday for up to six staff, our team and our collaborators can hopefully make a small difference by showing all NHS workers how much their work means to us all. For the six winners, we would like to provide an extremely well earned holiday to look forward to.

There are of course so many organisations, companies and key workers working hard to keep the nation going through this difficult time and we, with everyone else feel it important to mention here that we are extremely grateful to them all.

The competition

We are giving away six places in total. Three winners will be randomly selected, each of whom can then invite an NHS colleague/friend to join them.

  • The holiday will run over the weekend of Friday 30th April 2021 to Tuesday 4th May 2021.
  • To enter all you need to do is complete the entry form below and you’re automatically entered into the draw!
  • Winners, drawn at random will be asked to provide their NHS ID card for verification, as will their chosen colleague/friend – sorry, everyone else, but this one’s for the NHS only! We’re sure you’ll understand.

What’s included in the package

  • Three-day wildlife watching itinerary organised & facilitated by us, Shetland Nature including all excursions, guiding, transport
  • Return journey, twin berth cabin and meals courtesy of Northlink Ferries
  • Two nights full board accommodation courtesy of Sumburgh Hotel & St Magnus Bay Hotel
  • Boat trip to Noss National Nature reserve with Shetland Seabird Tours

What’s Not included

  • Travel to Aberdeen to meet the ferry.

Literally all you will need to do is pack your bag and get yourself to Aberdeen for boarding the ferry on evening of Friday 30th April 2021!

Remember your camera and binoculars if you have them – but don’t worry if you don’t have binoculars, as we can provide these while you’re with us.

The Itinerary

We’ll be there to meet you on arrival off the ferry into Lerwick. From there you just relax and enjoy! Over the three-day itinerary you will meet various members of our team, all delighted to play their part in making your weekend break special and everything you deserve it to be.


Once all gathered and we are all acquainted, we begin the weekend by meeting the team at Shetland Seabird Tours for a boat trip from Lerwick to the spectacular Noss National Nature Reserve where we will enjoy an exciting cast of seabirds including Guillemot, Shag, Fulmar and Puffins – however, the star of the show here are the thousands of the Gannets that breed on the towering cliffs. We will also enjoy a remarkably close encounter with Lerwick’s resident Grey Seals on return to the harbour.

After a picnic lunch overlooking Europe’s most beautiful tombolo beach, framed by the turquoise waters that surround St Ninian’s Isle, in the afternoon we head south to Sumburgh Head, the southernmost headland of mainland Shetland. Here, in the magnificent setting of the grounds of the first ever Stevenson’s lighthouse built in Shetland, we will enjoy stunning views of breeding seabirds at one of Shetland’s most important seabird colonies. Along the busy ledges and stacks, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Shags breed in good numbers and along the cliff tops the ever-photogenic Puffins are typically confiding. For the remainder of the day will take time to explore the key attractions of the south Mainland, from beaches to ancient brochs.

Overnight at and courtesy of The Sumburgh Hotel.


In the morning we are bound for the far reaches of north Mainland, enjoying Shetland’s picturesque scenery along the way, and making short detours to search for key wildlife highlights such as Mountain Hare, Red Grouse and hopefully even an Otter. In the afternoon we enjoy the dramatic volcanic coastal scenery of North Mavine, and take a walk along the spectacular coastal trail from Eshaness Lighthouse, passing collapsed sea caves, blowholes, a broch and medieval watermills on our way to the Grind o’ the Navir – a unique place where, in the violent winter storms that lash the coast, entire boulders are thrown from the seabed onto the clifftop!

Overnight at and courtesy of St Magnus Bay Hotel


Island-hopping today we are bound for Unst, the most northerly island in Britain. On route there and back we will cross the island of Yell where we will also hope to catch a glimpse of the often elusive Otter. On Unst the highlight is a wonderful walk out across Hermaness National Nature Reserve, to one of the most spectacular seabird colonies in Europe. Here we will enjoy similar species of seabirds as at Sumburgh and Noss as well truly awe-inspiring seascapes, including the sea stacks and Muckle Flugga Lighthouse. However, we will also see the dramatic bonxies, or Great Skuas, and hopefully some of the shy upland wading birds like Golden Plovers that nest on the headland.

Before leaving Unst we will enjoy some of the island’s key tourist attractions such as the Viking Unst Project and Heritage Centre before beginning our return journey to Lerwick, where our long weekend adventure comes to an end as we return you the NorthLink ferry terminal for your departing voyage back to Aberdeen.

Principal Tour Guides

Entry Form

Shetland Nature – Holiday Prizedraw

Terms & Conditions

This prize draw is being run by Shetland Nature Ltd.

By entering the prize draw entrants agree to follow these terms and conditions. Entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.

Promotion period

  • The prize draw will run from Thursday 23rd April 2020 until 12 noon BST on Friday 29th May 2020.
  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline (12 noon BST on 29th May 2020).
  • Entries submitted after the deadline time and date will not be accepted.


  • The prize draw is open only to NHS workers.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Shetland Nature Ltd reserves the right to not accept entries which are suspected to be paid-for or made in an unorthodox way, such as the use of bots for one person to enter the competition more than one time.
  • Any entries with inflammatory language or those which are offensive in nature will not be accepted and removed.

How to enter

  • To enter this prize draw, entrants share their name and email address.

Winner selection

  • Three winners will be selected through a random draw.
  • The winners will be notified of the fact that they have won by Monday 1st June via email.
  • The winners will be asked to provide their NHS ID card for verification of eligibility.
  • Shetland Nature Ltd will use reasonable endeavours to contact the winners. If a winner does not respond within 14 days or declines the prize for whatever reason, another winner will be selected.
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The prize