5 Family Caravan Ideas on the Shetland Isles

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5 Family Caravan Ideas on the Shetland Isles

The Shetland Isles are composed of more than 100 islands off of the northern coast of the U.K. The natural landscapes, historical sites, and wildlife in the area make it an ideal place to go on holiday. Families who spend breaks here enjoy caravanning and camping, while enjoying the beautiful scenery. When planning a family caravan holiday it is important to brainstorm ideas for what do on a holiday to the Shetland Islands. Having a list of individual family members' interests makes it easier to plan a route and find caravan and campsites that are central to the attractions that the family wishes to visit. Families should take the time to learn about the wildlife, activities, and landmarks in the area so that they put together itineraries that appeal to every member of the family. One should also take the time to ensure that the he or she hires the proper caravan to meet the needs of his or her family. When searching for and purchasing items to prepare for the trip, shoppers can find everything that they need on eBay.

1. Go Wildlife Watching

People who love wildlife can find large populations of animals throughout the Shetland Isles. This area is home to the world-famous Shetland ponies, as well as rare sea birds indigenous to the area. Such birds include puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes, and razorbills. The entire family will enjoy taking in the sights and seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.

When planning a family caravan trip around the wildlife in the Shetland Isles, families should look for caravan and campsites near the nature reserves. These can be found at Noss, Sumburgh Head, and Hermaness. Sumburgh Head is known for its fantastic bird watching, so visitors should be sure to bring their binoculars. It is also home to the historically-significant Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, which was built by Robert Stevenson, the Scottish engineer responsible for the Bell Rock Lighthouse, the world's oldest sea-washed lighthouse.

2. Enjoy Fiddle Music and Admire Shetland Crafts

The heritage of the Shetland Isles is reflected in its music and crafts. Families who want to hear the music firsthand should plan their caravan trips during the Accordion and Fiddle Festival or the Folk Festival. Both of these events allow residents of the area to proudly showcase the musical heritage of the islands. Likewise, families who have more of an interest in arts and crafts should plan their trips near Lerwick. Here they can travel along the Shetland Craft Trail and watch local artisans work in their studios and workshops. Additionally, visitors can purchase handmade leather, wood, pottery, and glass pieces.

3. Walk and Hike the Landscape

No trip to the Shetland Isles is complete without walking and hiking the beautiful landscapes on the islands. The historic sites combined with the unique plant and animal wildlife make the Shetland Isles one of the finest places to hike in the world. Among the most popular landmarks are the cliffs that look out over the North Sea to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Families can hike on trails along the cliffs to look out over the water.

 Historic Sites

The Shetland Isles have a long history, and that history can be explored through the ruins, remains, and remnants scattered throughout the islands. Jarlshof on the South Mainland is home to the remains of a Norse settlement, as well as a medieval farmstead. Broch of Mousa is home to an Iron Age tower and visitors are able to climb the steps to the top of the tower. While exploring these historic sites and uncovering the history, visitors are always surrounded by the beauty of the outdoor landscape the islands are famous for.

4. Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Not all families want to explore the heritage and history of the Shetland Isles. Some families take a caravan trip to the islands to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life while enjoying their favourite outdoor activities in beautiful settings. All of the best outdoor activities are available on the Shetland Isles and because the Shetland Isles have a variety of waterways, visitors can enjoy kayaking and fishing. Additionally, there are more than 1,500 kilometres of roads for cycling and several trails for taking vehicles off road.


Golfing is perhaps one of the most popular outdoor activities on the Shetland Isles. It is home to a number of challenging golf courses and world-class facilities. Whalsay Golf Course in the north overlooks the water, and golfers can see seals and porpoises swimming off in the distance. For recreational golfers, Unst is a Northern Isle that has an unofficial course that many people enjoy playing in the midsummer. During summers in the Shetland Isles, the days are extremely long, and people can play well into the evening hours..

5. Explore Geological Landmarks

There are a number of geological landmarks that families can visit while travelling in the Shetland Isles. As stated earlier, there are a number of cliffs and waterways to explore while hiking and walking. A number of other trails take visitors to sites such as natural stacks, arches, and blowholes. These unique landmarks are not to be found anywhere else, so being able to view and experience them is a rare treat.

Visitors can see a truly unique landmark if they sail out to St. Magnus Bay. Here visitors can see four giant pillars made of granite. From a distance, these pillars look like a fleet of ships. Ronas Hill has other unique granite structures. Here the granite has been shattered. This allows visitors a glimpse into the Arctic history of the islands. This shattering of the granite is the result of freezing, thawing, and refreezing of the ground thousands of years ago.

Choosing a Caravan

When planning a caravan trip to the Shetland Isles, families should be sure to choose a caravan that comfortably fits all of the family members, as well as meets the needs of the family. The table below lists and describes the various types of caravans that are available as well as shows how many people can comfortably fit inside these caravans.

Type of Caravan

Number of People




Measures between 3-6.5 metres on the inside; single axle; fitted with a washroom, kitchen, and other amenities

Twin Axle


Larger caravan that is easier to manoeuvre; easier to tow; more storage space

Teardrop Trailer


Tiny trailer that can be towed by a small car; does not offer much storage space; fits a double bed on the interior

Pop Up


Caravan with a roof that pops up to increase space; smaller folded down size means less drag and greater fuel efficiency



Lightweight caravan made from a single piece of fibreglass or a shell; durable; small; easily towed by smaller vehicles



Caravan that folds down to half its size for storage and towing; requires more time to set up; can be towed by smaller cars

American Airstream


Silver trailer with an attractive exterior; equipped with all of the creature comforts on the interior, including bathroom, kitchen, and work surfaces

Fifth Wheel

2-6 and more

Largest type of caravan available; towed by a large truck; sides can pop out for more space; most expensive option

When choosing a caravan, there are several factors that travellers must consider. They should think about the number of people that are going to be travelling, the type of car pulling the caravan, and how much they want to spend. Some caravans can also be more of a challenge to manoeuvre than others. Depending on the time of year, a small caravan may be ideal. The caravan can be used as storage for items, and family members can camp in tents while enjoying the great outdoors. Those who want a more luxurious experience may have a better time with the larger caravans. These offer comfortable sleeping accommodations and also provide a large amount of storage space. With a larger caravan, family members can pack their bicycles or other outdoor equipment without having to worry about space.

How to Buy Items for a Caravan Trip on eBay

Whether you are looking for the caravan itself or smaller items for your trip to the Shetland Isles, you can find everything that you need on eBay. eBay is a large online marketplace that allows buyers and sellers to come together in one convenient online location. Because you are purchasing from a private seller, you can negotiate lower prices than in other retail shops. The key to finding the best deals is knowing how to perform an effective search and use all of the features of the site.

Searching for Travel Items on eBay

The basic search feature is the best way to get started with your search for items for your caravan trip. Simply enter keywords to describe the item you are looking for into the search bar and press the Search button. If you have something specific in mind, then be sure to be specific with your keywords. If you want to search a broader range of products, then use less focused keywords. Once the initial listings are returned, you can specify other options to further narrow down the search. This makes it easier to find what you are looking for without missing any deals. Be sure to read the item descriptions carefully and look at pictures to find the item that best meets your needs.


With more than 100 islands and thousands of sights, the Shetland Isles are ideal for a family caravan trip. Families can spend time in the outdoors doing the things that they love while being surrounded by the gorgeous and unique landscapes that are unique to the Shetland Isles. Activities, events, and attractions for people of all ages are available on the islands. Families can look out for the indigenous Shetland ponies, purchase handmade crafts, hike the cliffs, or play a few rounds of golf on courses that boast stunning ocean views.

Planning a fun and successful caravan trip to the Shetland Isle entails familiarising yourself with the attractions in the area as well as map out what you and your family want to see and do. Additionally, families should be sure to choose caravans that best meet the needs of all family members, as well as accommodates the items that need to be taken along on the trip. When preparing for a caravan trip to the Shetland Isles, shoppers can find great deals on the items that they need by shopping on eBay.

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