A Stroll through Lerwick and Fort Charlotte

2 hours | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | L W K - 3 8 0
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Points of Interest

  • Fort Charlotte
Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

You'll meet your guide at the Pier to begin your up-close exploration of Lerwick, the capital town of Shetland. The sheltered stretch of water between the Mainland of Shetland and the island of Bressay now looks an obvious place for a harbor, but until around 1625 there were just a few huts here gathered around a leir-vik, Norse for "muddy bay".

As you walk past Market Cross you'll see the Tolbooth, headquarters for Lerwick's lifeboat station, You'll then continue along the cobbled Commercial Street, passing old merchant homes and warehouses until your reach the Town Hall. Built in 1862, the Hall features a series of stain glass windows along its first floor depicting Shetland history.

In the center of town is 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. Decommissioned after the Napoleonic Wars, the fort has been a customs house, Lerwick's town jail and a courthouse. You'll want to take in some of the breath-taking town views from its battlements.
Your adventure ends as you are escorted back to your ship. Or, stay and enjoy the town on your own. You can shop for crafts and famous Shetland woollens or stop by the Shetland Museum. You will enjoy a smorgasbord of Shetland treasures, including hanging boats and more. 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," a mythical Shetland creature.

Special Notes:

This excursion involves considerable walking over uneven and cobbled surfaces. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

Bring local currency or credit cards for additional purchases.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. The distance walked is approximately 3 miles.

Internal viewing of the stained glass windows at the town hall is subject to the availability of the town hall, please note the main chamber is used for council meets and is closed at the weekends.

Depending on which berth/Tender landing point is used, a shuttle transfer may be used from this point to the start of the walk in Lerwick.

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided walking tour of Lerwick

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
01:00
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
2000
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Visit to Fort Charlotte

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1000
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Return to the ship or stay in Lerwick Town Centre or visit of Shetland Museum and return to the ship at your leisure

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
2000
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No