Our Favourite Places

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

Aa' Firedup

Aa' Firedup

Commercial Street, Lerwick

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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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Shetland Library

Shetland Library

Lower Hillhead, Lerwick ZE1 0EL

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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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve

Sumburgh Head, Virkie 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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