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Lerwick (Shetland), Scotland

Lerwick (Shetland), Scotland

Shetland's only town, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan sea port with services and amenities only found in much larger places on the British mainland. The extensive leisure and entertainment facilities provide warm hospitality to visitors. The old waterfront is thronged with pleasure boats, visiting yachts, historic craft and working fishing boats. Explore a variety of lively bars and clubs, ranging from popular 'theme' bars to more traditional hostelries.

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Lerwick (Shetland), Scotland

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Fun Things To Do

  • Clickimin Broch – One of Shetland's most accessible archaeological sites and nestled in an islet within the Lock of Clickimin.
  • Town Hall – Boasting beautiful stained glass windows, each with a story of its own.
  • Fort Charlotte – Built between 1665 and 1667 for protection over Lerwick Harbour. The fort walls today provide good views across to Bressay.

Shopping For Bargains

Lerwick's main shopping area is stretched along Commercial Street in the town centre. There are a variety of shops to visit, many selling local arts and crafts, and lovely cafés to stop into for a rest and bite to eat.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

The traditional Shetland diet features fish, shellfish and a particularly tasty lamb. A best-known product from the Shetland field or garden is probably the Shetland Black potato, a delicious variety that has, as the name suggests, a black skin. It's also distinguished by purple markings in the flesh. It cooks very well, baking beautifully and making wonderfully crisp and floury roast potatoes. Carrots, cabbage, kale, leeks, beetroot and turnips are also widely grown. Milk is produced by a number of dairy farms and local butter, cream and Shetland cheeses are available. For those with a sweeter tooth, fudges, toffees and chocolates are also made in Shetland.

Local Currency

The GBP Pound (£) is the official currency of Scotland. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

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