Places to Visit
There are many varied and interesting places to visit in Lerwick itself, all of which are only a short stroll away from our Lerwick properties. Listed below are a few suggestions:
Clickimin Broch, constructed in the first century BC, is situated on Clickimin Loch at the South end of the town. Access on foot is via a stone causeway and entry is free.
Fort Charlotte, is a five sided artillery fort, built in the mid 17th Century. It is situated immediately opposite Harbour Penthouse on Harbour Street and overlooks the Harbour.
Lerwick Town Hall is an impressive building both inside and out. It was built during a period of expansion in the 19th century when Lerwick became more prosperous through sea trade and the fishing industry.
The Böd of Gremista is a restored 18th century fishing Bod, famous as the birthplace of Arthur Anderson, co-founder of the P&O Shipping line.
The award winning Museum and Archives (completed 2007) is well worth a visit. It houses a large collection of Shetland artefacts and historical material and has various art collections on display and several workshops throughout the year. There is also a very good cafe/restaurant on site.
The state-of-the-art, purpose-built cinema and music venue, Mareel, was completed in September 2012. It has two cinema screens, a cafe/bar, rehearsal areas and a recording studio and is a major venue for music of all kinds.
The Public Library at Lower Hillhead, has internet access and an excellent Shetland collection as well as a large number of local books and pamphlets.
Shetland’s only theatre, The Garrison Theatre, has a very busy programme of events throughout the year including live theatre, stand-up comedy, concerts, pantomime and dance.
Clickimin Leisure Centre is undoubtedly one of the best municipal sports centres in Scotland. In addition to a multi-purpose sports hall (1,000 square metres), fitness suite, sauna and solarium, multi-use studio, squash complex, climbing wall, football, hockey and rugby pitches and an all-weather athletics track, the complex also has a four-rink indoor bowls hall, leisure pools and a 6-lane 25m swimming pool with floating floor. There are lots of organised activities on offer each week, catering for the very young to the more mature visitor!
The Jubilee Flower Park on King Harald Street is one of the most scenic and regularly visited attractions in the town, particularly during the summer months. It has putting /bowling greens and a tennis court.
Just opposite the flower park, is a large children’s Playpark, maintained to an excellent standard which caters for children of all ages.