Shetland Mainland | Town | ★★★

[Lerwick harbour]

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 the main supermarket. 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.

[Clickimin Broch]

Location & info

📌 Lerwick ★★★
Shetland Mainland, G.R.: HU 478412 ///smuggled.foil.special

🚶 The main town sights are all close to the centre except of Clickimin Broch, which is a 20-min walk on town pavements.
🚢🚌 Lerwick has the best transport connections in the Shetland Isles. The main ferry port is 1 mi out of town, for ships from Aberdeen and Kirkwall (Orkney); a ferry to Bressay departs from the town centre. There are buses to / from most Shetland Mainland settlements, the airports at Sumburgh and Tingwall, and the ferry to Yell.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Clickimin Broch ★★★
💬 Blockhouse and broch prominently set on land jutting into the Loch of Clickimin.
South Road, 20-min walk west of the town centre, G.R.: HU 464408 ///inhabited.builds.position
🚌 Bus stops on South Road (A970) | 🚢 Lerwick main ferry terminal (1 mi) | 🚗 Street parking on Kantersted Road
Open daily according to official website, but probably always | Free

📌 Fort Charlotte ★★
💬 Military fort built in 1665 to protect Lerwick from Dutch invaders - used during various conflicts in the following centuries but no shots ever fired.
Charlotte Street, 5-min walk northwest of the town centre, G.R.: HU 476416 ///sailed.quest.youths
🚌 Bus to Lerwick | 🚢 Lerwick main ferry terminal (0.5 mi) | 🚗 Street parking nearby
Open daily | Free

>> Isle of Noss boat trips ★★★★

📌 Shetland Museum ★★★★
💬 Superb, modern and extensive museum covering all aspects of the islands' history and heritage.
Hay's Dock, 10-min walk north of the town centre, G.R.: HU 473418 ///narrates.graceful.enhanced
🚌 Bus to Lerwick | 🚢 Lerwick main ferry terminal (0.5 mi) | 🚗 Car park
Open daily, early April to mid October; Tuesday to Saturday, mid October to early April | Free

[View towards Ward of Bressay from Fort Charlotte]


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