Top things to do in Central & West Mainland

Top Choice Scottish in Scalloway

Scalloway Hotel

With a short, quality menu based around top-notch local and Scottish produce, this hotel restaurant is one of Shetland's best places to dine. Delicious local scallops, fish dishes and succulent meat are all presente…
Museum in Scalloway

Scalloway Museum

This enthusiastic modern museum by Scalloway Castle has an excellent display on Scalloway life and history, with prehistoric finds, witch-burnings and local lore all featuring. It has a detailed section on the Shetl…
Monument in Scalloway

Shetland Bus Memorial

During WWII, the Norwegian resistance movement operated the ‘Shetland Bus’ from here. The trips were very successful, carrying agents, wireless operators and military supplies to Norway for the resistance movement a…
Gardens in Western Side

Da Gairdins i Sand

Four miles north of Skeld, a side road leads to Sand, where you'll find Da Gairdins i Sand, a brave attempt to create a colourful woodland garden amid the bleak moors of western Shetland. Various environments, inclu…
Gallery in Weisdale

Bonhoga Gallery

It’s worth dropping into the Bonhoga Gallery in the restored Weisdale Mill. It has monthly, changing exhibitions, and everything – jewellery, crafts and paintings – is on sale. It’s an excellent place to visit, is v…
Castle in Scalloway

Scalloway Castle

Scalloway's most prominent landmark is its castle, built around 1600 by Earl Patrick Stewart. The turreted and corbelled tower house is fairly well preserved. If you happen to find it locked, get keys from the Scall…
Seafood in Scalloway

Da Haaf

In a fisheries college, this place has a slightly canteeny feel but great water views out of big windows. It does simple but tasty snacks all day and lunches from noon to 2.30pm. The kitchen comes into its own at we…
Jewellery in Weisdale

Shetland Jewellery

Shetland's mixed Scandinavian and Celtic heritage is in evidence in the symbols used here. Gold and silver jewellery of high quality can be browsed in this remote little workshop by a pretty lochan (small loch).
Historic Site in Tingwall

Law Ting Holm

Just south of Veensgarth village, near a parking area at the northern end of the Loch of Tingwall, is the little tongue of land that was the site of Law Ting Holm, where Shetland’s annual Norse parliament, the althi…
Clothing in Western Side


This spinning mill specialises in producing yarn from native Shetland sheep. As well as seeing the mill at work, you can buy yarn for knitting, or purchase machine-knitted Shetland and Fair Isle pattern garments at …