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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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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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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GlobalYell Textiles

GlobalYell Textiles

Sellafirth Business Park, Yell ZE2 9DG

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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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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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

Swarthoull, Cunningsburgh ZE2 9HB

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. Usually open Mon to Sat between 11am - 4pm, but please phone ahead to avoid disappointment. 

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Shetland Jewellery

Shetland Jewellery

Soundside, Weisdale ZE2 9LQ

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.

Opening times: 
May to Sep: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, 
Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 2pm-5pm
Oct to Apr: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm & Fri 9am-4pm

 

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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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Shetland Textile Museum

Shetland Textile Museum

Böd of Gremista, Lerwick

Tel: +44 (0)1595 694386

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This community 'working' museum is housed in the Bȏd of Gremista, a renovated fishing booth.  Most days, you can see knitters, spinners or weavers demonstrating their skills, and enjoy the various exhibitions of textiles.  There is also a small gift shop with textile items made in Shetland. 

Opening times:
25th April to 7th October
Tues - Sat from 12noon - 5pm
Thurs from 12noon - 7pm

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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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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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