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The Shetland Isles are the most northerly of Britain's islands. The capital, Lerwick, is nearer to Norway than Edinburgh and the Scandinavian influence permeates the Shetland heritage. The annual Up Helly Aa fire festival, involving the ritual burning of a Viking longship, is just part of that heritage.

There are over a hundred islands whose history dates back to Neolithic times, long before the Viking influence arrived in 800 AD. The archaeological sites at Mousa Broch, Climikin Broch and Jarlshof help to trace out that early period, as far back as 3000 BC.

Levenwick, Shetland

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Scalloway Castle

Castellated mansion, an example of a Scottish fortified house.

Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch

A World Heritage site. Example of a 2000 year old round tower fortress on the island of Mousa.

Muness Castle

Unst. A fortified house in the east of Unst built in 1598.

Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

Lerwick. Built in 1665, guarding Lerwick harbour.

Clickimin Broch

SW of Lerwick. The broch is next to a loch and the settlement dates back to the Iron Age.


Museums and Galleries:

Tangwick Haa Museum

Hillswick. Artefacts and photographs illustrating life in Northmavine.

Shetland Museum

Lerwick. Extensive displays of archaeology, social and maritime history.

Bonhoga Gallery

Weisdale. Restored water mill houses the gallery and also the Shetland Textile Working Museum. Varied exhibits from local, national and international artists.

Crofthouse Museum

Crofthouse Museum

Dunrossness. Restored croft and watermill. An insight into family life in that era.

Bod of Gremista Museum

Bod of Gremista Museum

Gremista, Lerwick. The bod contains period furniture and artefacts plus displays focusing on the fishing heritage.

George Waterston Memorial Centre

Busta, Fair Isle. Social and natural history of Fair Isle and its archaeology.

Fetlar Interpretive Centre

Fetlar Interpretive Centre

A small, community-run museum on the remote island of Fetlar. In the museum, you can walk through the many exhibitions on history, archaeology, folklore and wildlife.

Isleburgh Exhibition of Shetland Crafts

Lerwick. A display of Shetland crafts and culture. Its aim is to preserve and promote the traditional and contemporary arts and culture of Shetland.


Visitor Attractions:

Jarlshof Settlement


Sumburgh. The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement spans 3000 years of history from Neolithic to Viking times. Interpretive centre.

Valhalla Brewery

Baltasound, Unst. Britain's most northerly brewery. Guided tours, free tasting.

Quendale Water Mill

Quendale Water Mill

Dunrossness. This is a fully refurbished ‘overshot’ Water Mill, circa 1867.

Up-Helly-Aa Exhibition

Lerwick. The exhibition tells the story of the ritual burning of the Viking longboat, which takes place each January.


Sport & Leisure:

Unst Leisure Centre

Baltasound. Sports complex, heated pool, sports hall, squash court, fitness suite and solarium.

Clikimin Leisure Complex

Lerwick. Pool, toddlers' pool, river ride, flumes, fitness and health suites.





Mousa Boat Trips

Boat trips to the Pictish beach on the island of Mousa.

Shetland Wildlife

Week trips and short breaks. Phot safaris.

Shetland Caravans

Spread your wings and experience the Shetland Isles by caravan. Whether it's for a two week long holiday or just weekend break we have a caravan to suit your needs. Please feel free to contact us for available dates.


Car Hire:

Star Rent a Car

Lerwick and Sumburgh Airport.

Bolts Car Hire

Lerwick. Good selection.

John Leaske

Lerwick and Sumburgh. Self drive car hire.

Grantfield Garage

Lerwick. Car and cycle hire. Reasonable rates.


Selected Accommodation in Shetland


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Shetland Hotel, Lerwick
Lerwick Hotel, Lerwick
Kveldsro House Hotel, Lerwick
Busta House Hotel, Brae
Herrislea House Hotel, Tingwall
Baltasound Hotel, Unst
Orca Country Inn, Hoswick, Shetland

Buness House, Baltasound

Broch House, Scalloway
Rocklea, Out Skerries
Shalders, Levenwick
Windrush, Shetland
Mucklehus, Shetland

Self Catering



49a King Harald Street, Lerwick, Shetland
Nilmurhaa, North Mainland, Shetland
Gilbraes Chalets, Bixter, Shetland
Easterhoull Chalets, Scalloway, Shetland
Brekka Lodge, Shetland
Windhouse Cottage, Shetland
North Dale, Unst, Shetland
Fetlar Lodge & Peerie House, Fetlar, Shetland




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