Our Favourite Places

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

Bayanne House

Bayanne House

Sellafirth, Yell

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, open from 9am to 9pm all year round.

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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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Bressay Heritage Centre

Bressay Heritage Centre

Leiraness, Bressay, Shetland

Tel: +44 (0)1595 820750

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Discover the natural and cultural heritage of Bressay and the fascinating Bronze Age Bressay project!

Opening Times:
May-Sept Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-4pm & Sun 11-5pm

Admission Free 

Donations appreciated!

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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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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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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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George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum

George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum

Auld Skoll, Utra, Fair Isle ZE2 9JU

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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Hanseatic Booth

Hanseatic Booth

Symbister, Whalsay

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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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.

Opening times:
May - Sep: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Apr & Oct: By appointment, tel: +44 (0)1950 431406 or +44 (0)1950 431284

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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 mid 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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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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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 - 25th August 2017 10.15am - 4.30pm (group bookings at other times by arrangement).

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Quendale Water Mill

Quendale Water Mill

Dunrossness, South Mainland ZE2 9JD

Tel: +44(0)1950 460969

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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. 

Opening times:
14 Apr - 15 Oct 10am - 5pm (open on request from 1 April to 31 October, tel: 01950 460550).

 

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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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Scalloway Museum

Scalloway Museum

Scalloway, Shetland

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. 

Opening times:
14 Apr-1 Oct: Mon-Sat 11am-4pm
& Sun 2pm-4pm
Oct-Apr: By appointment tel: +44 (0)1595 880250 or +44 (0)1595 880464

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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. 

Opening times:
May to Aug: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 12noon-5pm
Sep to Apr: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12noon-5pm

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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 geological beginnings and Iron Age settlers to Lighthouse Keepers, Whales, Puffins and much more. Coffee shop and visitor centre open daily from April to September.

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The Cabin Museum

The Cabin Museum

Wirlie, Vidlin, Shetland, ZE2 9QD

Tel: +44 (0)1806 577 243

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Open from May to September every year. The Cabin Museum is a unique collection of items, artefacts and photos detailing Shetland’s contribution to two World Wars as well as giving an insight into Shetland’s Crofting, Fishing and Whaling history as well as so much more. The Museum has ample parking, disabled access and toilets as well as baby changing facilities.

The collection was founded in 1978 by Andy Robertson and has grown immeasurably over the years to the impressive collection it is today

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The Old Haa

The Old Haa

Burravoe, Yell

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. 

Opening times:
16 Apr to 1 Oct on Mon-Thur & Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-5pm.

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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. 

Opening times: 
May to Sep: Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun from 2-5pm
Apr to Oct: By appointment tel: +44 (0)1806 566422 or +44 (0)1806 566465

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Unst Boat Haven

Unst Boat Haven

Haroldswick, Unst

Tel: +44 (0)1957 711809

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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: +44 (0)1957 755 244.

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Unst Heritage Centre

Unst Heritage Centre

Haroldswick, Unst

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. 

Opening times:
1st May to 30th Sep 2017: Mon-Sat 11am-4pm & Sun 2pm-4pm
Off season by appointment tel: +44 (0)1957 711528.

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Up Helly Aa Exhibition

Up Helly Aa Exhibition

Galley Shed, St Sunniva Street, Lerwick

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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, Tues, Fri & Sat only, see website for opening times.

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