There's something about Lerwick. Perhaps it's all the independent shops, or the rush hour that only lasts 5 minutes, or the well-preserved broch sitting casually across the road from Tesco. Whatever it is, there's a feeling that this is an island capital far removed from the mainland, and not just geographically. The town's an excellent base for exploring Shetland, but it's easy to spend a day exploring the local streets without getting in the car. Beyond the narrow central wynds and shops there are several attractions including the bustling harbour (with a fantastic boat trip around the Isle of Noss from here), an outstanding museum and a hilltop artillery fort overlooking the Sound of Bressay.
📌 Lerwick ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: HU 478412 ///smuggled.foil.special
Within walking distance
📌 Clickimin Broch ★★★☆☆
Description: Blockhouse and broch prominently set on land jutting into the Loch of Clickimin.
Location: South Road, 20-min walk west from the centre, G.R.: HU 464408 ///inhabited.builds.position
Open (2019): Daily according to the website, but probably always
📌 Fort Charlotte ★★☆☆☆
Description: Military fort built in 1665 to protect Lerwick from Dutch invaders - used during various conflicts in the following centuries but no shots ever fired.
Location: Charlotte Street, 5-min walk northwest from the centre, G.R.: HU 476416 ///sailed.quest.youths
Open (2019): Daily
>> Isle of Noss boat trips ★★★★☆
📌 Shetland Museum ★★★★☆
Description: Superb, modern and extensive museum covering all aspects of the islands' history and heritage.
Location: Hay's Dock, 10-min walk north from the centre, G.R.: HU 473418 ///narrates.graceful.enhanced
Open (2019): Daily, May to September; Tuesday to Saturday, October to April
|[View towards Ward of Bressay from Fort Charlotte]|