Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Mousa Sound is one of Scotland's most important sites for the threatened harbor porpoise. Locally known as neesicks, these animals are present between May and September, taking advantage of the abundant food supply of sand eels, herring and mackerel.
You'll drive 30 minutes south from Lerwick to the small community of Sandwick. A short ferry ride will transport you to the tranquil and picturesque island of Mousa, home to the world-famous Iron Age Broch. Mousa Broch is a dry-stone castle, more than 2,000 years old and standing 43 feet tall. On your island walk, explore the small beehive chambers and marvel at the workmanship of the Iron Age builders. Climb the internal stairway to admire the panoramic views of the island and gaze across to the ruins of the Broch of Burraland on the mainland.
Mousa's abundant wildlife makes it one of the best locations in Shetland to watch the shy common and grey seals basking around the island's shallow pools. Mousa is also famous for its abundance of breeding seabirds, including hundreds of graceful Arctic terns, Arctic skuas and their larger relatives the great skua, which sometimes swoop very close when defending their nests. The fragile-looking Arctic terns are amongst nature's greatest travelers; they can live up to 25 years and in that time fly the equivalent of the distance from Earth to the moon. Mousa is also home to around 6,000 pairs of tiny, nocturnal storm petrels.
Mousa is an island full of history and a natural sanctuary for wildlife. It is also part of a working farm. You are welcome to walk around the island, courtesy of the landowner and farmer. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots (no sandals or flip-flops allowed) and a wind- or waterproof jacket dependent on the weather. Participants must be physically fit. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Approximately 1½ - 1¾ hours are spent on Mousa Island. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.