Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Unst

Hermaness Nature Reserve

At marvellous Hermaness headland, a 4.5-mile round walk takes you to cliffs where gannets, fulmars and guillemots nest, and numerous puffins frolic. You can see Scotland's most northerly point, the rocks of Out Stac…
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 Nature Reserve in Bressay & Noss

Isle of Noss

Little Noss, 1.5 miles wide, lies just east of Bressay. High seacliffs harbour over 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, while inland heath supports hundreds of pairs of great skua. Access is by dinghy from Bressay; …
Top Choice Lighthouse in Sumburgh

Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre

High on the cliffs at Sumburgh Head, this excellent attraction is set across several buildings. Displays explain about the lighthouse, foghorn and radar station that operated here, and there's a good exhibition on t…
Top Choice Landmark in Unst

Unst Bus Shelter

At the turnoff to Littlehamar, just past Baltasound, is Britain's most impressive bus stop. Enterprising locals, tired of waiting in discomfort, decided to do a job on it, and it now boasts posh seating, novels, num…
Archaeological Site in Sumburgh

Jarlshof

Old and new collide here, with Sumburgh airport right by this picturesque, instructive archaeological site. Various periods of occupation from 2500 BC to AD1500 can be seen; the complete change upon the Vikings' arr…
Archaeological Site in Sumburgh

Old Scatness

This dig brings Shetland’s prehistory vividly to life; it’s a must-see for archaeology buffs, but fun for kids, too. Clued-up guides in Iron Age clothes show you the site, which has provided important clues on the V…
Gallery in Weisdale

Bonhoga Gallery

It’s worth dropping into the Bonhoga Gallery in the restored Weisdale Mill. The first purpose-built gallery in the Shetlands, it has monthly, changing exhibitions, and everything – jewellery, crafts and paintings – …
Historic Building in Sandwick & Around

Mousa Broch

On the island of Mousa, off Sandwick, this prehistoric fortified house, dating from some 2000 years ago, is an impressive sight. Rising to 13m, it’s an imposing double-walled structure with a spiral staircase to acc…
Historic Building in Bigton, Boddam & Around

Quendale Water Mill

South of Boddam, a minor road runs southwest to Quendale. Here you’ll find the small but excellent, restored and fully operational 19th-century Quendale Watermill, the last of Shetland’s water mills. There's a DVD s…