Built in 1781, this occupies the site of an earlier fortification built in 1665 to protect the harbour from the Dutch navy. The...
Modern Mareel is a thriving arts centre, with a cinema, concert hall and cafe in a great waterside location.
Upstairs in the Shetland Museum, this sports a wall of picture windows and a fairweather balcony that overlooks the harbour. Clean lines...
Hay's Dock · interesting places nearby
Shetland Museum information
This is an impressive recollection of 5000 years’ worth of culture, people and their interaction with this ancient landscape. Comprehensive but never dull, the display covers everything from the archipelago’s geology to its fishing industry, via local mythology – find out about scary nyuggles (ghostly horses), or detect trows (fairies). Pictish carvings and replica jewellery are among the finest pieces; the museum also includes a working lighthouse mechanism, a small gallery, a boat-building workshop and an archive for tracing Shetland ancestry.