Shetland Islands (Lerwick), Scotland
The Shetland Islands have a rich Viking heritage with a distinct dialect and culture from mainland Scotland. This windswept, sea-lashed archipelago is a lush green haven for birds. And it also offers some of Scotland's most stunning archeological remains. Of the 100 islands, only 15 of them are inhabited. Lerwick is its largest settlement.
Lerwick's hub of activity for shopping, people-watching and public gatherings happens on this charming stone-paved part of town.
History, trivia and artifacts of Shetland's people and their close association with the sea is on display here.
About a mile southwest of Lerwick's town center are the archeological remains of a fort dating back to the 7th century, BC.
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