Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Lerwick

Shetland Museum

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 geolog…
Top Choice Viking 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…
Top Choice Cafe in Lerwick

Hay’s Dock

Upstairs in the Shetland Museum, this 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 selected lo…
Cafe in Lerwick


A cute wooden building in a super location, Fjarå is perched above a rocky shore and takes full advantage of its vistas, with big picture windows looking out over the water and perhaps some basking seals. It does a …
Pub in Lerwick

Captain Flint’s

This port-side bar – Lerwick's liveliest – throbs with happy conversation and loud music, and has a distinctly nautical, creaky-wooden feel. There’s a cross-section of young ’uns, tourists, boat folk and older local…
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…
Ruins in Lerwick

Clickimin Broch

This fortified site, just under a mile southwest of the 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 gives it …
Cafe in Lerwick

Mareel Cafe

Buzzy, arty and colourful, this cheery venue in Mareel overlooks the water and does sandwiches and baked potatoes by day, and some cute Shetland tapas in the evenings. The coffee is decent, too, and it's a nice plac…
Scottish in Lerwick

Queen’s Hotel

The dining room in this slightly run-down hotel wins marks for its harbour views – book one of the window tables. It's best visited for beautifully presented, classy local seafood dishes.
Clothing in Lerwick

Spider's Web

It’s worth dropping in here as much for a chat as for the store’s excellent array of hand-knitted garments, which are very high quality.