What to do in Lerwick

Named Leirvik (muddy bay) by the Vikings, the town dates from the 17th century and is Shetland’s capital.  It is a lively town with lots to see and do, all within walking distance of Hansel Cottage.

Breiwick Bay is just 2 minutes’ walk from Hansel Cottage.  Here you can take a walk into the historic town centre round the Knab promontory with its practice golf course and walled cliff top path.  The route affords fantastic views west over the town and south towards Mousa and passes torpedo tubes from WWII guarding the harbour entrance.  As you enter the “south end”, with its iconic lodberries (houses and landing stages built out into the sea by Lerwick’s first merchants), look out for the lodberry that became the fictional home of Detective Jimmy Perez in the TV drama, Shetland.

A stone’s throw from Hansel Cottage is the Hillhead, lanes lead down from here to “the street”  (Commercial Street) where there are shops, cafes and eateries.  Three minutes’ walk from our cottage is the Market Cross  and the Tourist Information office, nearby is the famous Lounge Bar, where local musicians are often found playing sessions with visitors.  From the Market Cross you can wander along the harbour front to the Shetland Museum with its excellent restaurant and Mareel with its café bar and cinema.

Clickimin Broch, an iron-age fort situated on a loch to the west of the old town, is only 10-15 minutes away on foot.  A charming coastal path (4 minutes’ walk from our cottage) is a fine way to get there.  On the way you will very likely see seals, and if you are lucky otters.  Why not stop at Fjara a lovely café bistro next to Tescos supermarket before you visit the broch.  Nearby is the Clickimin Leisure Centre and indoor swimming pool, with water flumes and river ride and health/fitness suite.

If you come to Shetland for Up Helly Aa in January, Hansel Cottage stands in a prime position to view the impressive “light up” and to follow the procession down through the streets.  The Galley sits at the end of the Hillhead next to Clairmont Place and the “guizers” gather there from early evening.

 

 

 

 

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What to do in Lerwick

Named Leirvik (muddy bay) by the Vikings, the town dates from the 17th century and is Shetland’s capital.  It is a lively town with lots to see and do, all within walking distance of Hansel Cottage.

Breiwick Bay is just 2 minutes’ walk from Hansel Cottage.  Here you can take a walk into the historic town centre round the Knab promontory with its practice golf course and walled cliff top path.  The route affords fantastic views west over the town and south towards Mousa and passes torpedo tubes from WWII guarding the harbour entrance.  As you enter the “south end”, with its iconic lodberries (houses and landing stages built out into the sea by Lerwick’s first merchants), look out for the lodberry that became the fictional home of Detective Jimmy Perez in the TV drama, Shetland.

A stone’s throw from Hansel Cottage is the Hillhead, lanes lead down from here to “the street”  (Commercial Street) where there are shops, cafes and eateries.  Three minutes’ walk from our cottage is the Market Cross  and the Tourist Information office, nearby is the famous Lounge Bar, where local musicians are often found playing sessions with visitors.  From the Market Cross you can wander along the harbour front to the Shetland Museum with its excellent restaurant and Mareel with its café bar and cinema.

Clickimin Broch, an iron-age fort situated on a loch to the west of the old town, is only 10-15 minutes away on foot.  A charming coastal path (4 minutes’ walk from our cottage) is a fine way to get there.  On the way you will very likely see seals, and if you are lucky otters.  Why not stop at Fjara a lovely café bistro next to Tescos supermarket before you visit the broch.  Nearby is the Clickimin Leisure Centre and indoor swimming pool, with water flumes and river ride and health/fitness suite.

If you come to Shetland for Up Helly Aa in January, Hansel Cottage stands in a prime position to view the impressive “light up” and to follow the procession down through the streets.  The Galley sits at the end of the Hillhead next to Clairmont Place and the “guizers” gather there from early evening.

 

 

 

 

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