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.
Shetland has many places that we’d love to share with you. Here are some of them.
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
Garths Croft, on the historic island of Bressay, Shetland, is a smallholding specialising in native and heritage breeds. Open all year.
A truly unique opportunity to join local crofter Chris Dyer (featured in Kate Davies blogs) on an exclusive walk through the agricultural year in Shetland, looking at the sheep – ewes, rams and lambs. White/coloured/fleckit and even katmogget! Sift through fleeces from Chris’s flock and see the principal day to day tools and equipment that are used by a Shetland crofter! Chris’s croft is mixed with pigs, turkeys, hens, fruit, vegetables, trees and drystone dykes alongside his beautifully coloured sheep, so there is plenty to see. A walk to nearby sites of historical and natural interest can also be arranged.
Tel: +44 (0)1957 711278 (mid-April - mid-Sept) or +44(0)1595 693345
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 at Flat 2 Muckleflugga Shorestation (please note the rest of the building is private)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 25th April - 31st August 2017, 1000-1700 (closed Monday and Thursday).
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).
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.
Tel: Tel: +44 (0)1595 694688
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.