Castles and Ponies and Shetland Jewelry
Enjoy the fishing Port of Lerwick, Lerwick Town Hall, Scalloway’s Castle, and visit Shetland ponies.
Fishing Port of Lerwick
Lerwick Town Hall
Scalloway’s Roofless Castle
Visit Shetland ponies
Level 1: For everyone*
Warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear is recommended.
Our tour starts in the fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century. The center is full of character, especially by the water’s edge, where the older buildings are located. As we drive through town, we will see the Town Hall, before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the island’s original main town and now its second-largest settlement.
Upon arrival to Scalloway, we will stop to visit the (now) roofless Castle built around 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart. He used forced labor to build his residence and was executed in Edinburgh in 1615. You will then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the ‘Shetland Bus’, the boats that travelled between Shetland and Norway to help the Norwegian Resistance movement during World War II. You can wander through Scalloway’s Main Street at your leisure and view the picturesque waterfront and beautifully colored houses.
Leaving Scalloway, you’ll travel through Norse heritage in Tingwall Valley and visit a herd of Shetland Ponies en route. A local breeder will tell you about the history and characteristics of this small and hardy pony before you board the bus again and continue through the spectacular Shetland scenery.
Carry on northward through Girlsta and Weisdale before visiting the Shetland jewelry workshop. See how this hand-crafted jewelry is designed and made. You will have the chance to purchase a piece of your own to bring home as a souvenir.
On the way back to Lerwick, hear more of Shetland’s culture and heritage from your experienced local guide.
Remarks/requirements: Warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear is recommended.
Walking information: Walking at Scalloway at guests’ discretion Some uneven ground and steps