Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach 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.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.