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Places to go in Shetland


Clickhimin Broch
About one mile south west of Lerwick, 4 HU 464 408
A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.
Fort Charlotte
In Lerwick
A five sided artillery fort, with bastions projecting from each corner. The walls are high and massive. It was built in 1665 to protect the Sound of Bressay from the Dutch, but taken by them and burned in 1673. It was rebuilt in 1781.
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
At Sumburgh Head, 22m S of Lerwick on the A970.
Tel: 01950 460112

An extraordinarily important site with a complex of ancient settlements within three acres. The oldest is a Bronze Age village of oval stone huts. Above this there are an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, and higher still an entire Viking settlement, medieval farmstead and 16th-century laird's house. Visitor centre and museum.
Winter: closed.
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
Mousa Broch
On the island of Mousa, accessible by boat from Sandwick, about 14 miles south of Lerwick
The finest surviving Iron Age broch tower. It stands to a height of over 40 feet.
Mousa Broch
Muness Castle
on Unst, 1 HP 629 012
A late 16th century tower house with circular towers at diagonally opposite corners. The northernmost castle in the British Isles, Muness has remarkably fine architectural detail.
Ness of Burgi
At the south eastern point of Scatness, South Shetland, 4 HU 388 084
A defensive stone built blockhouse, probably of Iron Age date, with some features resembling a broch. Access is difficult.
Scalloway Castle
In Scalloway, about six miles from Lerwick
A fine castellated mansion built in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, who was notorious for his cruelty.
Stanydale 'Temple'
Three and a half miles east north east of Walls, 3 HU 285 502
A Neolithic hall, heel-shaped externally, and containing a large oval chamber. Around it are ruins of houses, walls and cairns of the same period.

 


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