Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
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Approximately 2 Hours
Meals not included
Meet your guide at the pier to begin an up-close exploration of Lerwick, capital of Shetland. First settled in 1625, the town perches on a sheltered stretch of water between the Mainland island of Shetland and the island of Bressay. Its name derives from leir-vik -- Norse for "muddy bay".
Walk past Market Cross to see the Tolbooth headquarters for Lerwick's lifeboat station. On cobblestone Commercial Street, you'll pass old merchant homes and warehouses en route to the Town Hall. Built in 1862, the Hall features a series of stained-glass windows depicting Shetland history.
In the center of town is Fort Charlotte (1665), built by order of King Charles II. The fortress successfully repelled a Dutch naval attack during the Third Anglo-Dutch War. Decommissioned after the Napoleonic Wars, the fort has served as a Customs House, Lerwick's town jail, and a courthouse. Take in the breathtaking views from its battlements.
Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so but must make their own way back to the ship. Options for shopping in town include crafts and famous Shetland woolens. You are welcome to also visit the Shetland Museum (at your own expense).
This excursion requires walking approximately three miles over uneven terrain and cobblestone surfaces. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Interior viewing of the stained-glass windows at the Town Hall is subject to the availability as it can be closed for council meetings and is closed weekends. Bring local currency or credit cards for additional purchases.