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Top Choice Museum in Lerwick

Shetland Museum

This museums houses an impressive recollection of 5000 years’ worth of culture, people and their interaction with this ancient landscape. Comprehensive but never dull, it covers everything from the archipelago’s geo…
Top Choice Cafe in Lerwick

Fjarå

A cute wooden building in a super location, Fjarå is perched above a rocky shore and takes full advantage, with big picture windows looking out over the water and occasionally some basking seals. It does a bit of ev…
Top Choice Scottish in Lerwick

Hay’s Dock

Upstairs in the Shetland Museum, this place sports a wall of picture windows and a fairweather balcony that overlooks the harbour. Clean lines and pale wood recall Scandinavia, but the menu relies on carefully selec…
Cultural in Lerwick

Up Helly Aa

Shetland's long Viking history has rubbed off in more ways than just street names and square-shouldered locals. Most villages have a fire festival, a continuation of Viking midwinter celebrations of the rebirth of t…
Cafe in Lerwick

Peerie Shop Cafe

If you’ve been craving proper espresso since leaving the mainland, head to this gem, with art exhibitions, wire-mounted halogens and industrial-gantry chic. Newspapers, scrumptious cakes and sandwiches, hot chocolat…
Pub in Lerwick

Captain Flint’s

This upstairs port-side bar has a distinctly nautical, creaky-wooden feel. There’s a cross-section of young ’uns, tourists, boat folk and older locals. It has live music some nights and a pool table tucked away on a…
Cafe in Lerwick

Mareel Cafe

Buzzy, arty and colourful, this cheery venue in Mareel overlooks the water and does sandwiches and snacks by day, and shared platters, burgers and nachos in the evenings. The coffee is decent, too, and it's a nice p…
Pub in Lerwick

The Lounge

Tucked away behind Lerwick's tourist office, the Lounge features an earthy downstairs bar populated by friendly local characters. The attractive upstairs space features live music several times a week and informal j…
Ruins in Lerwick

Clickimin Broch

This fortified site, just under a mile southwest of Lerwick's town centre, was occupied from the 7th century BC to the 6th century AD. It’s impressively large, and its setting on a tongue of land in a small loch giv…
Museum in Lerwick

Shetland Textile Museum

A mile north of the centre of Lerwick, this four-square stone house, birthplace of P&O founder Arthur Anderson, was also once a fish-curing station. It now holds a good display on the knitted and woven textiles …