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Cruise Ship Visits

Robin_Fae_UnstRobin_Fae_Unst Member ✭✭
edited October 2016 in Events and festivals
Scotland welcomes thousands of visitors arriving on cruise ships who often only have a day to explore and discover all the wonderful things Scotland has to offer for a return visit. 
What top things would you recommend to visitors arriving via cruise ship to your area?

Here in Lerwick:
  • Take a walk around the Knab (pronounced nab), this easy walk follows the coastline around Lerwick passing through the oldest part of the town, continuing along the shore you will often come across seals sunbathing on the rocks. 
  • Visit Clickimin Broch, within Lerwick there is a 2000 year old fortification (a Broch) these structures are only found in the north of Scotland and the Broch here in Lerwick is a good example of these structures. 
  • Visit the Shetland Museum, something like a national museum the Shetland Museum covers everything from the geological beginnings of Shetland and then you follow a path through the 5000 years the islands have been inhabited - this is great if you have kids too as there are loads of interactive activities and displays.
  • Visit Lerwick Town Hall, the most prominent building in Lerwick, the hall has beautiful stained glass windows which display the story of Shetland's journey from being part of Norway to becoming part of Scotland. 
  • Take the number 4 bus to Scalloway, Shetland's old capital is just a 20 minute bus journey from Lerwick and has a regular service. In Scalloway you can visit one of Shetland's 2 castles and there is an excellent museum here which looks at the areas history and has special focus on the "Shetland Bus" secret operation during WWII which helped refugees escape Norway and sent spies and saboteurs in.  
  •  Take the number 6 bus to Jarlshof, Shetland's largest archaeological site is a 1 hour bus journey from Lerwick. This amazing site covers 5000 years of history with layers of houses from Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Viking & Medieval all on one site. From here it is a 2 mile walk up Sumburgh Head where there is an excellent visitor centre in the Stevenson Lighthouse located on the end of the peninsula - this is also the place you will see puffins!  

From the island above all others, Unst is Britain's northern most island.
Shetland is an amazing and unique location to visit and all of us Shetlanders are eager to share our wonderful little part of the world with everyone, so come along & visit us. 
Join me on my underwater explorations of Shetland at my instagram @rdmouatt


  • ShetlandRachelShetlandRachel Member ✭✭
    @Robin_Fae_Unst Sounds like the perfect day in Shetland for cruise ship visitors!
  • themerrydancerthemerrydancer Member ✭✭
    Cruise ships are certainly in abundance here this year! Some areas are difficult to reach if cruise visitors are relying on public transport, but here are some popular suggestions for those visiting Orkney for the day. 
    • Kirkwall town walk. Visitors can visit St Magnus Cathedral, the Orkney museum, Bishop and Earl's Palaces etc, as well as being in easy reach of cafe's, free Wi-Fi and shops. 
    • Distillery tours. Visitors can take a tour of Highland Park or Scapa distillery and warm themselves up on a few drams. 
    • Heart of Neolithic Orkney. There is a tour bus (T11) and a local bus service (X1) in the summer to help visitors get out to Skara Brae neolithic village, the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe neolithic tomb. The Ness of Brodgar archaeological excavation starts tomorrow as well, so while anyone is visiting the stones, they can pop 5 mins along the road for a free tour of the excavation site (tours start this Weds)
    • Italian Chapel / Churchill Barriers. Built by Italian prisoners of war, the Italian Chapel is a beautiful little building filled with history and a compelling backstory. Easily reached by the X1 public bus, but on large liner days it's best to check quieter times with the Kirkwall vic (numbers allowed in at one time are limited due to coach visits).
    Some visitors hire a car in advance which can help get out to lesser visited areas, such as Marwick Head and Birsay - fabulous areas for puffin spotting at this time of year! 
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