Our Favourite Places

Shetland has many places that we’d love to share with you. Here are some of them.

Aa' Firedup

Aa' Firedup

Tel: +44 (0)1595 695355

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A family friendly studio, that offers the opportunity to choose from a large range of novelty and functional pottery items to decorate (decopatch is now available). Decorated items are glazed and fired and then can be picked up the same day. 

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Bayanne House

Bayanne House

Tel: +44 (0)1957 744219

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Visit Bayanne to learn more about genealogy, textile art and archaeology. Daily tours and demonstrations available.

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Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill

Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill

Tel: +44 (0)1595 745750

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Former grain mill housing Shetland's first purpose-built gallery showing local, national and international exhibitions of art and craft. Also café and gallery shop.  Situated on the west side of Shetland, Weisdale Mill was once part of the estate of Flemington known today as Kergord. Open year round. Closed one week per month for rehanging.

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Clickimin Broch

Clickimin Broch

Tel: +44 (0)1856 841815

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Clickimin Broch is located in south Lerwick and is easily accessible.  A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date. Open access.

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Crofthouse Museum

Crofthouse Museum

Boddam, Dunrossness, Shetland

Tel: +44 (0)1595 695057

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Very popular seasonal Museum. Restored with traditional materials, the house is a typical thatched crofthouse of the 19th century that lets us experience life in the 1870s. Open May - September.

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Da Gairdins I Sand

Da Gairdins I Sand

Tel: +44 (0)1595 830254

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Since 1991 thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted to attract wildlife, creating a combination of garden and environmental areas with sheltered walks. Picnic tables and seating are provided. Please observe the country code. Free entry - donations are welcome. Charity No SC037500

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Easthouse Croft

Easthouse Croft

Papil, Burra

Tel: +44 (0)1595 859623 or +44 (0)1595 859669

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This renovated croft house is now a heritage centre, housing photographic exhibitions and other summer dislplays.  Open in the summer months, Sunday 2-5pm and at other times by request.

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Eshaness Lighthouse / Cliffs

Eshaness Lighthouse / Cliffs

A must-see when in Shetland, the cliff scenery at Eshaness is truly spectacular with great walks along the coast.  Eshaness is also Shetland's volcanic coast with fantastic geology.

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Fair Isle Bird Observatory

Fair Isle Bird Observatory

Tel: +44 (0)1595 760258

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Established in 1948 as research base for studying migration and the seabird colonies of Fair Isle. Visitor Centre and small gift shop, tea and coffee and toilet facilities available, also pre-ordered meals. Open mid-April - end October 9am-6pm.

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Fjarå Cafe Bar

Fjarå Cafe Bar

Tel: +44 (0)1595 697388

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Fjarå cafe bar opened in December 2014 as one of the newest establishments in Lerwick. Situated next to the sea, Fjarå offers spectacular views of sunbathing seals on warm days and cashing waves in harsher conditions. Whether you fancy coffees, cakes, cocktails, light bites or three course meals, Fjarå tries to offer someone for everyone's tastes.

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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte was originally built in the 17th century, destroyed by the Dutch during a war with England, and finally reconstructed in the 1782 and named after the wife of King George III. Open access.

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Frankie’s Fish & Chips

Frankie’s Fish & Chips

Tel: +44 (0)1806 522700

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Frankie’s Fish & Chips located with sea views on the shores of Busta Voe in Brae is the most northerly fish and chip shop in the UK.  This award-winning shop is open seven days a week and offers extensive sit-in and takeaway menus with supreme quality local seafood on their menus. 

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George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum

George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum

Tel: +44 (0)1595 760244

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The collection, displayed in the ‘Auld Skül’, covers Fair Isle’s fascinating social history, fishing and crofting culture, natural history and archaeology. Fair Isle is famous throughout the world for its knitting traditions and patterns, the abundance of sea birds and rarities that visit its shores and its many shipwrecks. All are in evidence in the displays. Open May - Oct: Mon 2-4pm / Wed 10.30am - 12noon / Fri 2-3.30pm

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GlobalYell Textiles

GlobalYell Textiles

Tel: +44 (0)1957 744355

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GlobalYell Textiles welcomes visitors to the weave studio in Sellafirth, Yell. A short talk about weave in Shetland is free as are demonstrations and tryouts on the equipment. Prior arrangements recommended. 

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Hanseatic Booth

Hanseatic Booth

Tel: +44 (0)1806 566422

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For hundreds of years the salt fish trade was in the hands of German merchants of the Hanseatic League. The museum in the Symbister Pier House tells how ships from Hamburg, Bremen and Lubeck sailed to Shetland every summer, bringing seeds, cloth, iron tools, salt, spirits, luxury goods and hard currency. Generations of the same families made the voyage and some merchants are buried in the islands. The Hanseatic Booth is open all year. Visitors can pick up a key from the shop across the road (shop open hours are 9am-1pm & 2pm-6pm Monday to Saturday) or at other times the key is in the house across from the shop.

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Hermaness Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

Hermaness Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711278 (mid-April - mid-Sept) or +44(0)1595 693345

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During summer, Hermaness is home to over 100,000 seabirds.  Spectacular coastal scenery includes views over Muckle Flugga and Out Stack - Scotland's most northerly point. The reserve is open all year.  The visitor centre is open daily April - August.

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Hoswick Visitor Centre

Hoswick Visitor Centre

Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick

Tel: +44 (0)1950 431406

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Teas, homebakes and light lunches. Small gift shop selling handmade Shetland souvenirs and crafts. Large radio collection, weaving exhibits and local history. Hoswick Visitor Centre is a local information point. Open May - September, and October by appointment.

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Jarlshof - Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Jarlshof - Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Sumburgh, ZE3 9JN

Tel: Summer +44 (0)1950 460112 Winter +44 (0) 01667 460232

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This site is of great historical importance and consists of a number of ancient settlements dating back to the Bronze Age. Also of significance are the remains of an entire Viking settlement and late 16th century mansion house.  Jarlshof was discovered in the late 19th century when violent storms uncovered the remains.  Open Apr - Sep (Oct-Mar check website)

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Lerwick Town Hall

Lerwick Town Hall

Tel: +44 (0)1595 744511

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Lerwick Town Hall is Shetland's main civic building standing prominently over the town centre and open to visitors all year round. The exquisite stained glass windows are a ‘must see’ on your holiday to-do list.

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Lodberries

Lodberries

The shore is lined by the houses, stores and piers which are collectively called lodberries (from the Norse, "hlad berg" = flat stone). Take a walk along these picturesque houses with thick walls, slipways and fish-drying sheds. Open access.

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Michaelswood

Michaelswood

Michaelswood is a 12 acre woodland in Aith with many picnic facilities and woodland walks. For children there is Captain Blackbeards Pirate ship and other child friendly sites to explore. Enjoy the Philosophers' Trail or the lovely views from the top of the woodland overlooking Aith and Aith's Voe.

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Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch

Tel: +44 (0)7901 872339

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Island of Mousa. Mousa is the finest and the best preserved broch in the world and can be accessed by a short ferry run from Sandwick. Ferry operates April - Sept.

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Muness Castle

Muness Castle

Muness Castle is the most northerly castle in the British Isles; built for Lawrence Bruce in 1598. It takes the form of a tower house with circular towers and it has retained a number of fine architectural details. Open access.

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Noss National Nature Reserve

Noss National Nature Reserve

Tel: +44 (0)1595 693345

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Walk around this spectacular island and witness the amazing cliffs of 'Da Noup', home to thousands of seabirds. Access by inflatable boat from Bressay. No dogs allowed. Open mid April - end August, closed Monday and Thursday.

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Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village

Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village

Tel: +44 (0)1595 694688

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Discover Shetland life 2000 years ago with experienced guides. Enter Iron Age houses, learn ancient crafts and games or dress up like a Pict or Viking. Visitor centre, workshops, tours, reconstructions and events throughout the summer. Open every Friday from 13th May - 2nd September 2016 10.15am - 4.30pm (group bookings at other times by arrangement).

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Quendale Water Mill

Quendale Water Mill

Tel: 01950 460550

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Beautifully restored 19th century water mill complete with visitor centre. A video shows the original mill machinery in action. Craft shop, tea / coffee / cold drinks. Disabled access and visitor information point. Open 13 April - 11 October daily 10am - 5pm (open on request from 1-12 April and 12-31 Oct, tel: 01950 460550).

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Scalloway Castle

Scalloway Castle

Built by Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, in 1600. In use for only a very short time the castle fell into disrepair after his execution in 1615, but remains still stand impressively by Scalloway harbour. Open to the public. Key available from the Scalloway Museum. Open access.

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Scalloway Museum

Scalloway Museum

Tel: +44 (0)1595 880734

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The Museum has exhibits covering Ancient Scalloway, The Boom Years, Time of War, Scalloway’s People and the Shetland Bus and is run by volunteers. The Museum is adjacent to the Scalloway Castle and a short walk from the village centre. To gain access to the Museum outwith the Season (May to September), visitors should call +44 (0)1595 880250 between October and April. 

 

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Shetland Collection

Shetland Collection

Orcadia, Virkie, Shetland ZE3 9JS

Tel: +44 (0)1950 460340

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Visitors welcome at our Fair Isle Shetland pony award winning studio/workshop where a small but exclusive range of traditional and contemporary knitwear by Doreen Brown can be seen.

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Shetland Designer

Shetland Designer

Tel: +44 (0)1950 477257

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Knitwear workshop and showroom where many examples of colour work can seen.  Hand knitted Fair Isle and Lace accessories, Hand frame sweaters, cardigans, cushions etc.

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Shetland Jewellery

Shetland Jewellery

Tel: +44 (0)1595 830275

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The workshop and retail outlet manufactures and sells gold and silver jewellery made in Shetland, drawing inspiration from Scandinavian mythology, local wildlife and traditional Celtic designs. Ranges include designs inspired by the Northern Lights and Shetland Seascape. Visitor information point.

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Shetland Library

Shetland Library

Tel: +44 (0)1595 743868

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Shetland Library in Lerwick is a friendly, helpful place where visitors are always welcome. The Library offers free WiFi and maps as well as computers, books, newspapers and special events. The Shetland book collection is of special interest.

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Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland Museum and Archives

Hay's Dock, Lerwick

Tel: +44 (0)1595 695057

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View over 3000 artefacts, including world famous textiles, Pictish art and boats hanging in the Boat Hall.  Explore Shetland's history further through the extensive archive collections. The Shetland Museum and Archives also houses a cafe/restaurant and gift shop. Museum Open daily. Cafe/restaurant open daily.

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Shetland Textile Museum

Shetland Textile Museum

Böd of Gremista, Lerwick

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Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head

Shetland's most accessible seabird colony. Puffins and seabirds easily seen. Phone for information about Sumburgh Head and our other Shetland reserves, Fetlar, Mousa and Loch of Spiggie. Open all year.

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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve

Sumburgh Head, Virkie, Shetland ZE3 9JN

Tel: +44 (0)1595 694688

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A world class visitor attraction, providing an engaging and interactive experience for the whole family. Visit, and explore the history and natural heritage of Sumburgh Head from early geologicial beginnings and Iron Age settlers to Lighthouse Keepers, Whales, Puffins and much more.

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The Finns Project

The Finns Project

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711801

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The Finns Project is a Community Interest Company based on Unst. We deliver Arts, Craft and Growing projects informed and guided by a Permaculture ethos. We welcome visitors and volunteers. So contact us and come and get your hands dirty.

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The Old Haa

The Old Haa

Tel: +44 (0)1957 722339

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The Old Haa of Burravoe is now a museum and was built in about 1672.   It contains displays of local and natural history, a gallery with arts and crafts, a tearoom, shop, garden and is a visitor information point. Open: 19 Apr - 30 Sep Tue, Wed, Thur, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm.

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The Shetland Gallery

The Shetland Gallery

Sellafirth, Yell

Tel: +44 (0)1957 744259

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The Shetland Gallery showcases the best of contemporary Shetland art and high-end crafts.  Work by some of Shetland’s most well-known artists is exhibited in an inspiring and constantly changing group show.

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The Whalsay Heritage Centre

The Whalsay Heritage Centre

Tel: +44 (0)1806 566397

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The Centre has two permanent exhibitions – ‘Whalsay’s fishing heritage from the 13th century to modern times’ and 'The Bruce Lairds’.  The seasonal exhibition; ‘How WW1 affected a small island community’, is on display until 2018. Local visitor point. Open May - Sep on Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun from 2-5pm or by appointment.

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Unst Boat Haven

Unst Boat Haven

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711 809

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A unique collection of traditional small fishing and sailing boats, fishing artefacts, photos and information covering all aspects of marine heritage.  Open May - September and off season by appointment tel: 01957 755 244.

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Unst Heritage Centre

Unst Heritage Centre

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711528

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The history of Unst through displays depicting crofting, fishing, geology and unique examples of spinning and fine lace knitting, as well as information on family history.  The Heritage Centre is also a visitor information point.  Open May - September, Mon-Sat 11am - 4pm, Sun 2pm - 4pm and off season by appointment tel: 01957 755 244.

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Up Helly Aa Exhibition

Up Helly Aa Exhibition

Taste of the celebrated Fire Festival showing a replica galley, costumes, shields, paintings, photos and video which make up this unique festival.  Open from May until August 2015, Tues, Fri & Sat only, see website for opening times.

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Valhalla Brewery

Valhalla Brewery

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711658

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Valhalla is the UK's most northerly brewery, producing a range of fine Shetland ales. Open all year round, with weekday tours available between 2-4pm (prior booking is essential). Gift shop also available.

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