Silversea Expedition Cruises To Foula, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Foula, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Described as the most remote inhabited island of the United Kingdom, Foula does seem a world apart, situated 32 kilometres (20 miles) west of the main Shetland Islands. The land slopes from a low coast on the east to dramatic sheer cliffs on the west. At 365 metres (1,200 feet), the sea cliffs are the second tallest in Britain. The sandstone of the island has been eroded into both dramatic coastal shapes and ledges for nesting birds. View more

Foula is a seabird paradise with abundant nesting opportunities and a surrounding sea rich in seafood for chicks. Britain’s largest population of Great Skuas nest here. These large birds fish at sea, but also scavenge and hunt for the eggs and chicks of other birds. They will even kill adults of smaller seabirds. Be alert for swooping birds chasing you from hidden nests. Other seabirds on the flatter parts of the island include Arctic Skuas, Red-throated Divers and Arctic Terns. The vertical sea cliffs are favoured by Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Northern Fulmars and charismatic Atlantic Puffins with their red bills. Foula is Norse for bird island, so when the Norsemen settled 1200 years ago, they were either birdwatchers, or recognised the special nature of the island. Scottish influences eventually replaced Norse culture but there is still a strong connection to Norse history amongst the 30 or so residents on the island today. They still celebrate Christmas and New Year according to dates in the old Julian calendar—Yule on 6th January and Newerday on the 13th.

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Excursions in Foula, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Hike with Silversea Expedition team

Today you will join the Expedition team to explore the most remote inhabited island in Great Britain. Moderate and more strenuous hikes to the top of the island or along the coastline will be offered. See the wonderful views of its distinctive peaks, being Da Kame the highest one (1,233ft-376 mts). While enjoy the landscape, keep your eyes open for some of the local wildlife, in particular - as the island's name would suggest, Foula, from Old Norse Fugløy means "Bird Island" - birds. You might encounter Atlantic Puffins, Great Skuas, Razorbills, and Gannets.

Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team

Today you will have the chance to join the Expedition Kayak guides for a paddle around the island of Foula, take a close look to this spectacular coastline and its impressive clifftops, take in the beautiful views while looking for the local wildlife, especially the most popular inhabitants of 'Bird Island', such as Atlantic Puffins, Gannets, Common Guillemots, Razorbills and Great Skuas.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.