Attractions

Shetland has a vast array of attractions and activities that will give the most ardent of holiday makers a run for their money. We’ve selected some highlights.

You’ll find lots more indepth information at Shetland.org 

A few suggestions for places you may like to visit and things you might like to do;

 

  • The ‘Hams’, Muckle Roe – Scenic Walk.  10 minute drive.  This would take about half a day.

 

  • The Booth, Hillswick – Otter & Seal Sanctuary

 

  • Eshaness, North West of Hillswick – Magnificent cliff scenery, interesting graveyard, Tangwick Haa Museum

       A 20 minute drive, this could take most of a day to see

 

  • North Roe – Tour of Fethaland’s ruins, a 19th Century fishing haaf, site of Iron-age Broch and Viking Soapstone Quarry.

       About a 30 minute drive and a 4 hour (approx.) walk

 

  • Unst – Saxa Vord, Hermaness, Keen of Hamer, Boat Haven, Valhalla Brewery, Shetland Reel Gin Distillery, Muness Castle and the very interesting Unst Bus Stop.

 

  • Yell – The “White Wife” – figurehead from a 1924 German Shipwreck, Old Haa Burravoe, Windhouse, Mid Yell (Shetland’s most haunted building) The Aywick Shop, stocks almost anything you can imagine, The Shetland Gallery – Britain’s most Northerly art gallery

 

  • Whiteness, on the Westside – Bonhoga Gallery & Café, nice light lunch stop.
  • Weisdale, on the Westside – Shetland Jewellery.
  • Sandness, on the Westside – Jamiesons of Shetland, Wool Producers - 01595 870285

 

  • Golf in Shetland;

Dale, a couple of miles North of Lerwick, Shetland’s main 18 hole course

Asta, between Tingwall & Scalloway, Beautifully located 9 hole course

Whalsay (Island on the Eastside, requires a 30 minute ferry crossing) – Scotland’s most Northerly 18 hole course.

 

  • Lunna House – This house was used as an operations base by the Norwegian resistance who ran “The Shetland Bus” during World War II

 

  • Scalloway – Scalloway Castle and the nearby Museum.  In 1942 the main base for operations was moved from Lunna House to Scalloway.

 

  • Lerwick – Shetland’s Capital town.  Shetland Museum & Archives (Particularly useful on a rainy day).   Many shops selling local arts and crafts as well as traditional knitwear.   Broch of Clickimin.  A Boat trip around Noss, departs from the Victoria pier.

 

 

  • South Mainland;

       Cunningsburgh – Barbara Isbister’s Knitwear Shop

       Sandwick – Departure point for Mousa Boat Trip

       Sumburgh – Puffins at the Lighthouse, Jarlshof & Old Scatness

       Quendale – Restored Water Mill

       St.Ninians Isle – Beautiful tombola connected island near Bigton

       Boddam (Dunrosness) – Croft House Museum