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What’s on Mainland Shetland

Mainland Shetland is the biggest of all the islands and has something for everyone, including walking, windsurfing, fishing, cycling, beach-combing, birdwatching, scuba-diving, sailing, whale-watching, surfing or kayaking. There are major archaeological sites to visit, a spectacular coastline to explore and, with a variety of events and festivals held throughout the year, a vibrant cultural life to enjoy. And because Shetland enjoys 19 hours of daylight in the middle of summer, you’ll be able to take full advantage of everything on offer.

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Year-round, Shetland:

A good example of a broch tower with associated secondary buildings of Iron Age date.

Year-round, Shetland:

A five-sided artillery fort with bastions projecting from each corner, Fort Charlotte was built under the orders of Charles II at the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch Wars in 1665.

Year-round, Shetland

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages.

All Year, Lerwick:
The Shetland Museum and Archives is the starting point for anyone who wants to know more about Shetland’s Heritage and Culture.

27th January 2015, Lerwick:

Held on the last Tuesday in January every year, this traditional Viking fire festival features a torch-lit parade, the burning of a replica galley, plus dancing and singing until dawn.


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