Our Favourite Places

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

Clickimin Broch

Clickimin Broch

Sound, Lerwick

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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Da Gairdins I Sand

Da Gairdins I Sand

West Mainland

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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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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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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Hermaness Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

Hermaness Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

1 Muckleflugga Shorestation, Haroldswick, Unst

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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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

Hillhead, Lerwick ZE1 0HB

Tel: +44 (0)1595 744511

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Please note that the Lerwick Town Hall is currently undergoing conservation work and will open again to the public in June 2017.

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

Commercial Street, Lerwick

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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

South Mainland, ZE3 9JX

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 12th May - 1st September 2017 10.15am - 4.30pm (group bookings at other times by arrangement).

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Scalloway Castle

Scalloway Castle

Scalloway, Shetland

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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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Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head, Virkie ZE3 9JN

Tel: Tel: +44 (0)1595 694688

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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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