Rich in history, Shetland’s main town of Lerwick is characterised by its harbour-front location and the network of narrow lanes stretching up from the shop-lined Commercial Street. The bustling Victoria Pier comes alive during the summer months with sailing races and regattas and is often the hub for outdoor events and festivals, including the famous Up Helly Aa, as well as traditional live music in local pubs.
As well as a good variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and accommodation, Lerwick has modern facilities with the Clickimin Leisure Centre and the Shetland Museum and Archives. Attractions include the archaeological site of Clickimin Broch, an example of Iron Age and Bronze Age architecture, beautiful clifftop scenery at The Knab and some lovely gardens, such as the King Harald Street Flower Park.
Scalloway is Shetland’s second largest town and, as the ancient capital, is home to a wealth of history. Here you can see the ruins of Scalloway Castle and discover the local history at the Scalloway Museum, including the internationally famous story of the World War II Shetland Bus.
Characterised by steep valleys, hills and sheltered harbours, Delting is home to the lively settlements of Brae and Voe and also the Sullom Voe oil terminal, while the scenic isle of Muckle Roe is joined to the mainland by a bridge.
Nesting and Lunnasting, settlements on the east side of the mainland, boast some popular beauty spots and are great locations for wildlife spotting.
Impossible to miss thanks to a rather grand Welcome to Northmavine sign, the area north of Mavis Grind offers miles of beautiful coastline, world-renowned geological features, beautiful beaches and historic fishing villages where you can see evidence of whaling station.
The West Mainland combined beaches and dramatic cliffs and the numerous sheltered inlets of water are a great place for a variety of watersports. There are modern marinas in Walls, Aith and Skeld, while Bixter Firth is a popular spot for fishing.
The coastal walk from Walls to Sandness will provide beautiful panoramic views, taking in the island of Foula and sea stacks by Deepdale.
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