Voyage to Britain's Most Northerly Town

An interesting mix of cultures, Shetland belonged to the Vikings until 1468, when the islands were mortgaged to Scotland as part of a marriage agreement between the future James II and Princess Margrethe of Denmark.

It is a great place for wildlife experiences, with an abundance of breeding seabirds, orcas off shore, and shaggy and inquisitive Shetland ponies nosing about for a snack when you stop to take their photos.

These isles are surely worth a visit; as Shetland Tourism says, “A quarter of a million puffins who come back every year can’t be wrong.”



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Dating from the 17th century, the fort is situated downtown just off the small boat harbor. In the mid 19th century, the fort served as a prison and a training base for the Royal Naval Reserve. Today, it is home to the Army Cadet Force and Territorial Army Defense volunteers.


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The Lodberries are a series of 19th century merchants’ stores. The only surviving herring station jetty, of the nearly 70 that existed at the height of the fishing trade, is located at the south end of the Lodberries and has been recently restored.

Jarlshof Ruins & Scenic Mainland Drive

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Jarlshof Ruins & Scenic Mainland Drive

Jarlshof Ruins & Scenic Mainland Drive

Shetland is a mosaic of over a hundred islands where land and water blend. Visit Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site, revealing remains from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Continue to the historic village of Hoswick where you will gain an understanding of the history and culture of Shetland.

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Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland At a glance

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4°C / 40 °F
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British Pound
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  • 82.55
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Local Details:
GPS: 60°9'20.96"N 1°8'40.45"W
Population: 7,500
Country Code: +44

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