Sunday, August 6, 2023

Lerwick Scotland

Our only stop after Iceland on our way to Rotterdam was in Lerwick Scotland on the island of Shetland. We didn't have any tours scheduled so we took a walk from the pier on a road along the beautiful seashore we had seen as the ship pulled into port.

Soon our walk left the town streets and took us on a path that wound its way between the sea and a cemetery we had also seen on our way into port. You can see the cemetery in the first few pictures in the photo album.

This was our first time in Scotland, though I'm not sure if this counts since we were on the island of Shetland, far north of mainland Scotland. We ended up walking 2 miles to a Tesco where we checked out the local beers being sold there. Quite a few as it turned out. The picture on one of the ales in particular, Puffin Tawny Ale from Orkney Brewery, we found quite photogenic. You can see a picture of the bottle in the photo album.

After stopping by the Tesco and buying a few local beers, we headed back to where the cruise ship had anchored and stopped by Fort Charlotte. With its commanding views of the nearby harbor, Fort Charlotte had been built and rebuilt a number of times over the last few centuries. Today it provides a scenic view of the harbort.

Our last stop of the day was at the Shetland Museum & Archives. This museum contains displays of various times throughout the history of settlements on the Shetland islands. We found some great photo opportunities in the perfectly still water just outside the museum.

Click this link or one of the pictures above to see more pictures in the Lerwick, Shetland Scotland photo album.

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