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  • Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
    Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
  • Lerwick, Mainland
    Lerwick, Mainland
  • Old Haa Museum, Burravoe
    Old Haa Museum, Burravoe
  • West Sandwick, Yell
    West Sandwick, Yell
  • West Voe, Island of Housay
    West Voe, Island of Housay

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Shetland, from nature reserves to beautiful gardens, a cheese company and more. Whether you fancy a few hours with the family on a wildlife cruise or want to explore the islands' history in a local museum, you’ll find great things to see and do in the region.

Shetland is the ideal location to get away from it all and enjoy some real family time this autumn.

There are plenty of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by all the family across Shetland. Take a boat trip to marvel at the magnificent sea views and cliff scenery whilst learning about Shetland from the trained guide, or try a land based tour.

Visit Noss or Hermaness Natural Nature Reserves where the deafening racket of thousands of nesting seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars, is an experience to behold. You can also look to Shetland's beaches and skerries, which are natural playgrounds for an abundance of marine wildlife.

For those keen to unlock the secrets of Shetland 6,000 year old history, the answers can be found at the Shetland Museum & Archives in Lerwick. You can even bring the past back to life with a tailor-made tour. 

You will be amazed to find a huge range of archaeological sites just waiting to be explored, from Iron Age brochs to Norse settlements. The Mousa broch is particularly impressive as one of the best preserved examples in the world. Go inside the massive structure and venture between the walls on a small staircase.

Art lovers should whet the appetite with a visit to the Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill. A beautifully restored mill, find a range of local and international art on show. Stop along the gallery shop, which is stocked with an ever changing array of design-led goods, cards, books and an inspiring range of handmade papers.

Use the listings to plan fun family days out in Shetland.

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  1. Bonhoga Gallery

    Type

    Galleries

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Central Mainland

    Art lovers should whet the appetite with a visit to the Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill, the most northerly gallery in the UK.

  2. Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    Lerwick

    Set on the waterfront within a restored 19th century dock in Lerwick, this fascinating museum tells the story of Shetland’s heritage and culture.

  3. Nonavaar

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers of this delightful country garden, Nonavaar.

  4. Tangwick Haa Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    North Mainland

    Discover the story of Northmavine and its people inside this former laird’s house which dates from the late 1600s.

  5. Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Quendale Watermill is a beautifully restored 19th century overshot watermill complete with visitor centre and café.

  6. Unst Heritage Centre

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Shetland

    Visit Unst Heritage Centre in Haroldswick and discover the unique story of Unst, the northernmost island in the UK.

  7. Noss National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Noss National Nature Reserve is a spectacular island reserve which is home to vast colonies of nesting seabirds.

  8. RSPB Shetland Office

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    South Mainland

    Sumburgh Head is being transformed into an amazing visitor attraction, due to open in spring 2014. Please be aware that while most of the reserve is open, there will be restrictions (particularly around the construction area and to vehicles). Please

  9. Old Scatness

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    South Mainland

    Welcome to Old Scatness

  10. Cruisdale

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Shetland

    The garden is in a natural state with many willows, several ponds and a variety of colourful hardy plants that grow well in the Shetland climate.

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