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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. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum


    Welcome to Whalsay Heritage & Community Centre (SCIO)

  2. Seabirds-and-Seals


    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Shetland's award winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10am and 2pm.

  3. Gradings

    South Mainland

    Welcome to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

  4. Geopark Shetland


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    From exploring an extinct volcano to walking across shifting sands, experience the variety of geology in Geopark Shetland.

  5. Gradings


    Explore this pentagonal artillery fort and garrison which was originally built to defend the Sound of Bressay during the Anglo-Dutch wars.

  6. Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 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.

  7. RSPB Scotland Sumburgh Head


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    South Mainland

    Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland with the majestic 100 metre cliffs offering a fantastic, unobstructed view of the seabird colonies and marine life surrounding it.

  8. Hoswick Visitor Centre




    South Mainland

    Head to the Hoswick Visitor Centre near to Sandwick and discover the areas unique heritage and a fascinating collection of wireless radios.

  9. Bonhoga Gallery




    • 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.

  10. Scalloway Museum




    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    A warm welcome awaits you in the Scalloway Museum where you can learn all about the Shetland Bus with many interesting displays.


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