Orkney & Shetland 2019 - Day 18
Shetland, Lerwick and Mousa Island
The overnight ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwck on Shetland is scheduled to arrive at 0700, but for some reason ours was delayed by 30 minutes. Breakfast is available on board the ferry so we decied to choose this options. On arrival drivers are invited to remove their vehicles then return onto the ship for breakfast. I did this and we soon sat down to breakfast in the dining room overlooking Lerwick. We then proceed to drive through Lewick to get our bearings - this proved useful as we were soon lost in the maze of small lanes. We found Tescos, bought food for lunches then consulted the map. The best cafe in Lerwick - Fjara Cafe Bar - was just around the corner so had coffee and decided what to do. As the weather was stunningly good we would first visit Clickimin Broch and then take the boat trip to Mousa Island. So after visiting the broch (yet another one!) we drove south to Sandwick and waited for the boat tour. Then back to Lerwick to find the Fort Charlotte Guest House. The accommodation is in the old town centre close to several good eating places - all closed on Sunday. We walked the short distance to the Great Coach Chinese place which had an interesting and varied menu.
There are hundreds of Iron-Age brochs around Scotland. They were mostly built around the 1st centuries BC and AD (i.e. around 2,100 years ago). Most are in poor shape having been wrecked by later people, often to use the stones for other buildings. The broch in the lake in the middle of Lerwick is one of the few close to a built up area that is still in good condition.
Mousa is a small uninhabited island lying just east of Lerwick. It is renowned for the almost fully intact broch and the nesting birds. The small boat takes up to 50 or so people across to the island for a 3 hour visit. There is a circular walk around the island that takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. The broch is the highlight.
Last updated: 26/06/2019