Also in the news / Boat company award, seven Covid cases, Promote Shetland contract, Swan school trip and more…

Scottish tour guide Andy the Highlander and his group American visitors was one of the customers enjoying a trip to the Noss bird cliffs this week. Photo: Marie Leask

A LOCAL business has been named the best wildlife tour boat company in the Northern Isles at the Scottish Enterprise Awards.

Seabirds and Seals received the accolade earlier this week.

Owners Brian and Marie Leask said they were “absolutely delighted” to pick up the prize.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts –  to everyone for making this award possible and for all the support received since taken over the business back in 2017,” they said.

The business was previously run by Jonathan Wills and it will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.


SEVEN more Covid cases have been confirmed in Shetland, according to today’s (Friday) Scottish Government figures.

Across Scotland more than 2,700 cases have been reported.

THE NEXT Promote Shetland contract is now up for grabs.

The contract will run between 2022 and 2027 and its estimated value is £2 million excluding VAT.

The service, which is currently run by local company NB Communication, aims to promote Shetland as an attractive place to live, work, study, visit and invest.

The next contact is due to begin on 1 April next year.

Sandwick primary 6 pupils on board the Swan. Photo: Swan Trust.

SANDWICK school pupils recently enjoyed trips on the historic sail training ship the Swan.

Children from primary six and seven, and secondary three, learned about safety at sea and good marine stewardship, as well as the history of the Swan.

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They also got hands on with the sailing, working as a team on some activities, including raising and lowering sails, as well as individually, such as taking a turn at the helm.

Sandwick school headteacher Stuart Clubb said: “We were delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to our pupils, and they were all very excited to get the chance to get back out on trips again, it’s much needed.

“The experience they had aboard the Swan was fantastic, and so different to anything else we offer. Overall, an incredibly valuable learning experience we would love to repeat.”

A LOCAL musician living south has released a new track and video with his Edinburgh-based band Vita Cartel.

Shaun Alderman, who is originally from Vidlin, plays bass in the rock band.

The band’s debut song Won’t Go Quietly will feature on an EP due for release next year.


The group is made of up of the members of a band called Gypsy Circus who played at Mareel in 2018.

SHETLAND has ranked fourth on a list of the places in the UK where you are most likely to “encounter the supernatural”.

The research looked at records from the Paranormal Database, which covers the likes of witching trials and folklore creatures.

Orkney, however, was deemed to the location in the UK where you are most likely to experience paranormal activity.

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