This tour starts at the fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century. Its center is full of character, especially by the water’s edge, where the older buildings are situated. As you drive through the town you will see the Town Hall before heading west toward the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second-largest settlement on the island. En route you will pass Clickimin Broch – a good example of this type of defensive tower, with surrounding structures dating back 2,000 years.
Upon arrival in Scalloway you will stop to visit the now-roofless castle, which was 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 can then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the ‘Shetland Bus’, the boats that traveled between Shetland and Norway and helped the Norwegian resistance movement during World War II. Or, if you prefer, you can wander through Scalloway’s Main Street and view the waterfront.
Leaving Scalloway, you’ll travel through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, pausing for a photo stop to view a small herd of Shetland Ponies.
On the way back to Lerwick, you’ll hear more about Shetland’s culture and heritage from your experienced local guide.
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 245
- Wheelchair access: Access to ground floor of the castle is possible in a wheelchair (with assistance). We request that guests using wheelchairs are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility during the tour.