Enjoy a visit to Lerwick and learn the lives and history of the locals.
Included in your cruise
Insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick.
Visit the Old Town with crafts and knitwear shops.
Visit Lerwick Town Hall.
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick take a step back in time. This walking tour will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of Lerwick. You will be transported through the centuries with lively tales of Lerwick's growth, merchant trading, fishing and shipping fleets and smugglers.
Starting from Victoria Pier, in the heart of the Old Town you will pass the Old Tolbooth from 1770 (recently restored and now used as the RNLI station) and go on to see the Lodberries. These were houses and warehouses sitting on their own piers so that goods could be loaded and unloaded directly from the boats and would have lined the shore in the 18th Century when Lerwick was the premier herring town in Northern Europe. Today we will have the opportunity to see one of the most picturesque with its thick sea-battered walls, slipway, pier and fish-drying shed.
You will continue your walk along the Hillhead; see the town’s narrow lanes (or ‘closses’) which run down to the waterfront and (subject to availability) visit Lerwick Town Hall. The Hall was built in 1883 and has beautiful stained-glass windows which represent a pictorial narrative of Shetland’s history from the Viking times.
Conclude your tour at the fascinating For Charlotte, originally built in 1652 to defend the sound against Dutch and later French warships.
At the conclusion of your walking tour, you may return directly to the pier with your guide or opt to remain in the Old Town to browse the local craft and knitwear shops at your leisure before walking back to the pier.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Walking information: 1 hour and 30 minutes of walking with some steep streets and stairs.