The tour starts in Lerwick
Our tour starts in the fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century. The centre is full of character, especially by the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated. As we drive through the town we will see the Town Hall before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island. En route we will pass Clickimin Broch – a good example of this type of defensive tower with surrounding structures dating back 2,000 years.
On arrival in Scalloway we will stop to visit the now roofless Castle which was built around 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart. He used forced labour to build his residence and was executed in Edinburgh in 1615. You will then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the “Shetland Bus”, the boats which travelled between Shetland and Norway helping the Norwegian Resistance movement during World War II. If you prefer, wander through Scalloway’s Main Street and view the waterfront.
Leaving Scalloway, 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, hear more of Shetland`s culture and heritage from your experienced local guide.
- Please note that there will be no opportunities to ride the ponies, but stops will be made.
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 245
- Wheelchairs: Access to ground floor of the castle with assistance. We request that wheelchair guests are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour