Shetland Islands (Lerwick), Scotland

The Shetlands are the most northerly of the British Isles and consist of over one hundred islands, of which a mere 16 are inhabited. Lerwick is the capital of the archipelago. Located on the eastern shore of Mainland, the largest Shetland Island, the town was largely developed by Dutch herring fisherman in the 17th century. The islands are renowned for their superb crafts ranging from woolen and cashmere knitwear to intricate lace shawls and fine jewelry.

Note: Lerwick is an anchorage port. Guests transfer to shore by ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Scalloway Castle
  • Jarlshof Ruins
  • Fort Charlotte
  • Mousa Broch
  • Shetland Museum
  • Shetland Ponies
  • Bird Watching
  • Hoswick Visitor Centre

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  • Scalloway Castle

    Explore the ruined remains of this fortress built in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, the Earl of Orkney and Shetland. Known for his cruelty, he was hanged in 1615 and the castle was never used again.

  • Jarlshof Ruins

    This multi-period settlement complex was in use from the Bronze Age until the 16th century, although there is evidence as far back as 2500 BC. Explore the Norse remains dating back to Viking days.

  • Fort Charlotte

    The fortress was built in 1665 by order of Charles II and successfully repelled a Dutch naval attack during the Third Anglo-Dutch War. Enjoy the breath-taking town views from its battlements.

  • Mousa Broch

    The world-famous round castle built during the Iron Age, it is the tallest and best-preserved broch in the world.

  • Shetland Museum

    Enjoy a smorgasbord of Shetland treasures. The museum boasts an impressive recollection of 5000 years worth of culture and people. You can even pop into the underground home of a "trowie knowe."

  • Shetland Ponies

    Visit some of the islands' most famous residents. These delightful ponies have been here since Viking times. Their shaggy coats and flowing manes help them withstand severe weather conditions.

  • Bird Watching

    Shetland's been famous as the place to enjoy sensational seabird colonies and amazing rarities. You can get close-up views of Gannets, alongside Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars.

  • Hoswick Visitor Centre

    The Hoswick Visitor's Centre provides a space to display collected and preserved items associated with the islands. The Centre includes weaving machinery, local items and an interpretation of the Hoswick Whale case and a unique wireless collection.

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Jarlshof Ruins & Hoswick Visitors' Centre

3.5 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 2 0 0
  • Mousa Broch
  • Shetland Ponies
  • Jarlshof Ruins
  • Hoswick Visitor Centre

Discover the Scandinavian heritage of Scotland. This narrated drive brings you the wild beauty of Mainland, and the ancient wonder of the Jarlshof ruins, which may date from the Neolithic. You'll then visit the Hoswick Visitor Centre for a superb overview of the history and culture of the Shetlands.

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Scalloway & Shetland Ponies

2.5 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 2 2 0
  • Scalloway Castle
  • Shetland Ponies

Travel to Scalloway, the former capital of the Shetlands and learn about the ruined castle built by Patrick Stewart, the tyrannical Earl of Orkney. Then, tour the Scalloway Museum and learn about Shetland's commando operations during World War II before continuing to visit some of the inquisitive Shetland ponies.

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Northernmost Scotland

4.25 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 2 2 5

A truly spectacular tour exposing us to the dramatic and rugged side of Shetland. A fusion of picturesque villages, unforgettable landscapes and breathtaking coastline. This tour gives us the chance to witness some of the most spectacular coastal scenery anywhere in the UK.

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SHETLAND PONIES AND PANORAMIC DRIVE

3 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 2 3 0
  • Shetland Ponies

Come face-to-face with Scotland's beloved Shetland ponies at the Breckenlea Pony Stud Farm. Learn their 4,000-year-old history and how they were used by the locals for carrying heavy items. You'll also get to meet Shetland collies and have a chance to take selfies with these adorable creatures.

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Easy Shetland: Scenic Western Drive

3 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 2 9 0
  • Scalloway Castle

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Experience the natural beauty of Mainland, the largest Shetland Island, on a scenic drive that takes you through the picturesque countryside. You'll view the ruins of Scalloway Castle, built by the cruel Earl Patrick Stewart as well as shop for Celtic jewelry and island crafts at the Shetland Jewellery Workshop.

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The Uk's "Top" Fish And Chips

4 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 3 0 0

Indulge in traditional fish 'n chips at the award-winning Frankie's Fish and Chips in the seaside village of Brae. Along the way enjoy a photo stop Over looking the town of Scalloway with its castle being the noticeable landmark.

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A Stroll through Lerwick and Fort Charlotte

2 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 3 8 0
  • Fort Charlotte

Lace up your walking shoes and get to know the capital of Shetland. This walking tour takes you through the narrow cobbled stone lanes of Lerwick to the Town Hall and the fascinating historic Fort Charlotte.

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Nature Walk of Mousa Island

4 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 4 0 5
  • Mousa Broch
  • Bird Watching

Discover the small, tranquil and picturesque Mousa Island. Experience this wildlife haven on an independent walk. Keep watch for seals and abundant birdlife, and explore the ruins of Mousa Broch, the tallest standing broch in the world, built without mortar between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D.

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WILDLIFE SAFARI

2.25 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 5 0 0

Set sail to remote Noss Island Nature Reserve, renowned as one of Europe's finest wildlife sites. Nicknamed "seabird city," its towering 590-foot-high cliffs are home to tens of thousands of seabirds in spring and summer. Along the way you may even see porpoises or the occasional whale, otter or dolphin.

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