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Things to do in Shetland Islands

Most northerly part of the British Isles, comprising over 100 islands

Known for...   Fishing, sheep, Shetland knitwear, Shetland ponies and oil & gas



 

  Attractions

Lodberries FREE

Step back in time to the 18th century to the days of the Dutch fishermen, smugglers and whalers.
Commercial Street
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0AW

 

Up Helly Aa Exhibition

During the summer months the Galley Shed is used to host the Up Helly Aa Exhibition.
St Sunniva Street
Lerwick
ZE1 0HL

 

Bressay Heritage Centre

Bressay Heritage Centre opened in 1996 and is owned and operated by Bressay History Group.
Lierness
Bressay
Shetland Isles
ZE2 9EL

 

Clickimin Broch FREE

A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.
About 1m South West of Lerwick on the A970.
Shetland
ZE1 0GD

 

Fort Charlotte FREE

A five-sided artillery fort with bastions projecting from each corner.
In centre of Lerwick.
Shetland
ZE1 0SW

 

Textile Workshop

Workshops and tuition in traditional textile crafts; hand-spinning, knitting, weaving and felt making.
Upper Leogh
Fair Isle
Shetland
ZE2 9JU

 

Fetlar Interpretive Centre

WE ARE A SMALL, DYNAMIC, COMMUNITY-RUN MUSEUM on the remote island of Fetlar in Shetland.
Beach of Houbie
Fetlar
Shetland
ZE2 9DJ

 

Unst And Yell

Visitors to Unst and Yell in Shetland are in for a treat – dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife.
Shetland
ZE2 9XL

 

Sumburgh Head RSPB Reserve FREE

Visit these cliffs during the summer and you'll be privileged to witness the amazing spectacle of thousands of breeding seabirds.
Shetland
ZE3 9JN

 

Shetland Designer

Visit local knitwear designer Wilma Malcomson at her workshop and browse her collections.
Swarthoull
Cunningsburgh
Shetland
ZE2 9HB

 

Shetland Collection

Traditional and Contemporary knitwear direct from the highly skilled knitters in the Shetland Islands.
Shetland Knitwear Associates
Orcadia
Shetland
ZE3 9JS

 

Burland Croft Trail

Tommy and Mary Isbister welcome you to their crofts at Trondra.
Burland
Trondra
Shetland
ZE1 0XL

 

Hoswick Visitor Centre FREE

The Visitor Centre provides a welcoming venue for locals and visitors to the area. The Café provides delicious home bakes.
Sandwick
ZE2 9HL

 

Valhalla Brewery

The Valhalla Brewery is the most northerly brewery in the United Kingdom.
New House Mailland
Baltasound
Shetland
ZE2 9DX

 

Unst Heritage Centre

The Unst Heritage Centre owes its existence to the foresight and effort of the original Unst History Group.
Old School, Haroldswick
Unst
Shetland
ZE2 9EQ

 

Quendale Water Mill

The Quendale Estate dates back to the 16th Century but it wasn’t until 1770 that the Grierson family acquired it.
Quendale
Sumburgh
Shetland
ZE2 9JD

 

Old Scatness Broch And Iron Age Village

The Iron Age Broch and Village at Old Scatness was an undisturbed, pristine time capsule when first discovered in 1975.
Old Scatness
Scatness
Virkie
ZE3 9JW

 

Fair Isle Bird Observatory And Guest House

The importance of Fair Isle as a place from which to study bird migration was established by Eagle Clarke.
Fair Isle
Shetland
ZE2 9JU

 

Mousa Broch FREE

The finest surviving Iron Age broch tower. It stands to a height of over 13.3 metres.
On the Island of Mousa, accessible by boat from Sandwick
Shetland
ZE2 9HW

 

Unst Boat Haven

The BOAT HAVEN was opened in 1994 to replace the boat shed that was destroyed in a freak hurricane.
Old School, Haroldswick
Unst
Shetland
ZE2 9EQ

 

Shetland Cheese

Remote, unspoilt, rugged, wild, unique. just some of the words that are used to describe Shetland and what brought us here.
Skeld Industrial Estate, Skeld
Wester Skeld
Shetland Islands
ZE2 9NL

 

Fair Isle

Located halfway between Orkney and Shetland, Fair Isle is one of Britain’s most remote inhabited islands.
Shetland
ZE2 9JU

 

Jarlshof Prehistoric And Norse Settlement

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods.
Shetland
ZE3 9JN

 

Jamiesons Spinning Shetland

Jamieson’s is a family owned business, which has specialised in wool from the native Shetland sheep for 5 generations.
Spinning Mill Industrial Site
Sandness
Shetland
ZE2 9PL

 

GlobalYell Music

GlobalYell promotes and teaches people about vocal music; the founder, Andy Ross, is a classically-trained singer.
4 Sellafirth Business Park, Sellafirth
Yell
Shetland
ZE2 9DG

 

GlobalYell Textiles

GlobalYell has been working with textiles education and training for six years since a generous donation of weaving equipment.
4 Sellafirth Business Park, Sellafirth
Yell
Shetland
ZE2 9DG

 

George Waterston Memorial Centre And Museum

George Waterston, the former Scottish Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, had a huge influence on Fair Isle.
Auld Skoll, Utra
Fair Isle
Shetland
ZE2 9JU

 

Böd Of Gremista

Built in 1780, this is the only böd in Shetland which has been renovated to its historical state.
Gremista
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0PX

 

Thordale Shetland Stud And Carriage Driving

Breeders of standard Shetland ponies, with emphasis on temperament, movement & conformation.
Thordale
Walls
Shetland
ZE2 9PE

 

Bayanne House FREE

Bayanne House was originally at the centre of a small estate created in the late 18th century by the Hoseason family of Yell.
Sellafirth
Yell
Shetland
ZE2 9DG

 

Easthouse Croft

At ‘Easthouse’, there is an exhibition of historical photographs and other materials on display during the summer.
Papil
Burra
ZE2 9LE

 

Whalsay Heritage Centre

An excellent place to visit and find out about the isle's local heritage, culture and tourist information.
Symbister
Island of Whalsay
ZE2 9AQ

 

Staneydale 'Temple' FREE

A Neolithic hall, heel-shaped externally, and containing a large oval chamber. Around it are ruins of houses, walls and cairns.
3m South West of Bixter on West mainland off the A971
Shetland
ZE2 9NR

 

Muness Castle FREE

A late 16th-century tower house with circular towers at diagonally opposite corners.
On Island of Unst
Shetland
ZE2 9DL

 

Scalloway Castle FREE

A fine castellated mansion built in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, who was notorious for his cruelty.
In Scalloway, 6m from Lerwick on the A970.
Shetland
ZE1 0TH

 

Hermaness National Nature Reserve And Visitor Centre FREE

A feast for the senses, the sounds, sights and smells of Hermaness are full of drama.
Hermaness
Unst
Shetland
ZE2 9EQ

 

Noss National Nature Reserve FREE

A dramatic island with soaring cliffs, Noss is home to an amazing array of nesting seabirds.
Bressay
Shetland
ZE2 9ES

 

Ness Of Burgi FREE

A defensive stone-built blockhouse, probably of Iron Age date, with some features resembling a broch. Access is difficult.
At the South Easternmost point of Scatness
South Shetland off the A970.
ZE3 9JT

 

Old Haa Museum

A 17th century Laird’s house where you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Burravoe
Yell
Shetland
ZE2 9AY

 
 

  Museums

Shetland Museum And Archives

The galleries integrate Shetland’s museum and archives collections for the first time to tell Shetland’s story.
Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Shetland
Shetland Islands
ZE1 0WP

 

Crofthouse Museum

The Croft House Museum is a mid-nineteenth century Shetland croft, which was lived in until the late 60’s.
Boddam
Dunrossness
Shetland
ZE2 9JQ

 

Scalloway Museum

Scalloway Museum is owned by a charity, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society (SBFS), and run by volunteers.
Castle Street
Scalloway
Shetland Islands
ZE1 0TP

 

The Cabin Museum

If the World Wars are one of your interests, this is the place for you. Houses a huge collection of war uniforms, weapons, supply.
Wirlie
Vidlin
Shetland
ZE2 9QD

 

Tangwick Haa Museum

A museum preserving the history of Northmavine in the north mainland of Shetland.
Tangwick
Eshaness
Shetland
ZE2 9RS

 
 

  Galleries

The Shetland Gallery FREE

We exhibit the best of Shetland’s contemporary art and high-end craft. Work by some of Shetland’s most well-known artists.
Sellafirth
Yell
Shetland
ZE2 9DG

 

Bonhoga Gallery FREE

Opened in April 1994, Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill is the first purpose-built visual and applied art gallery in Shetland.
Weisdale Mill
Weisdale
Shetland
ZE2 9LW

 

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