Shetland Explorer Tours

 

Shetland Explorer CowAbout us.

We are a small business and have been farming the family crofts for 4 generations. Douglas’s mother came to Tow in Cunningsburgh aged 18 months with her parents, and lived in the farm house for the rest of her life. We, Douglas and Sheila, have been farming here the last 35 years, joined by our son Jamie, in the last few years as Douglas heads towards retirement. The first member of the 5th generation, little Isla, is now living with her parents in the original farm house and loves toddling outside to see the animals.  Based in the South of Shetland, we have a passion for our Islands and all things local that we want to share with you.  Agriculture in Shetland has seen many changes in the last 100 years – the land was worked with horses when Douglas’s grandparents started out here - but some things do not change and we still run the native Shetland sheep on our hill ground. Shetland wool and traditional knitting was a valuable additional source of income in the past – the womenfolk always had their glove in their hand. There is renewed interest in knitting across the younger generation in Shetland.

 

Our transport enterprise grew from providing accessible school transport in the early 90’s and our coach enterprise has been established since 2002.  We are pleased to offer an accessible coach on some of our tours for passengers who are less mobile or who use a wheelchair.

 

We now look forward to sharing our love of Shetland with you, showing you some of the traditional aspects of Shetland, along with some of the most beautiful and striking sights Shetland offers.

 

 

Shetland Explorer Green Band

Shetland Explorer Green Band
Shetland Explorer Bank

Shetland Explorer Cow

Shetland Explorer Tours

Shetland Explorer Cow

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Shetland Explorer Bank

 

About us

We are a small business and have been farming the family crofts for 4 generations. Douglas’s mother came to Tow in Cunningsburgh aged 18 months with her parents, and lived in the farm house for the rest of her life. We, Douglas and Sheila, have been farming here the last 35 years, joined by our son Jamie, in the last few years as Douglas heads towards retirement. The first member of the 5th generation, little Isla, is now living with her parents in the original farm house and loves toddling outside to see the animals.  Based in the South of Shetland, we have a passion for our Islands and all things local that we want to share with you.  Agriculture in Shetland has seen many changes in the last 100 years – the land was worked with horses when Douglas’s grandparents started out here - but some things do not change and we still run the native Shetland sheep on our hill ground. Shetland wool and traditional knitting was a valuable additional source of income in the past – the womenfolk always had their glove in their hand. There is renewed interest in knitting across the younger generation in Shetland.

 

Our transport enterprise grew from providing accessible school transport in the early 90’s and our coach enterprise has been established since 2002.  We are pleased to offer an accessible coach on some of our tours for passengers who are less mobile or who use a wheelchair.

 

We now look forward to sharing our love of Shetland with you, showing you some of the traditional aspects of Shetland, along with some of the most beautiful and striking sights Shetland offers.

 

Shetland Explorer Tours