The extensive leisure and entertainment facilities provide warm hospitality to visitors. The old waterfront is thronged with pleasure boats, visiting yachts, historic craft and working fishing boats. There's a variety of lively bars and clubs, ranging from popular "theme" bars to more traditional hostelries.
Lerwick is Shetland's only town, with a population of about 7,500 - although about half of the islands' 22,000 people live within 10 miles of the burgh.
Founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets, Lerwick took a long time to grow. Because of its illegal status (and alleged immorality!) the straggling hamlet around the shore of Ler Wick ('muddy bay') was demolished by order of the Scalloway court in 1615 and 1625. The Dutch burnt the fort in 1673 and the French set fire to Lerwick in 1702.
Lerwick is Britain's most northerly town. Over 7,000 people now live in and around this busy port, which makes an ideal centre for touring all the islands.
No-one designed the old town - it just grew - but, up beyond the Hillhead, Victorian architects laid out a "new town" of spacious villas and public parks, dominated by Lerwick Town Hall - a monument to the civic pride of the 1880s. Going west, or "oot ower", the suburban sprawl of the past half century is less picturesque, but housing standards are high.
Lerwick is the commercial and industrial centre of the islands and also the hub of a busy cultural and social life. Shetland Islands Council has its headquarters here and The Shetland Times and two local magazines are printed and published in the town. BBC Radio Shetland broadcasts news, views and an entertainment diary each evening, while a commercial radio station, SIBC, is on air around the clock with music, news bulletins and weather.
A holiday in Shetland is truly special, and we would love to see you here at the Aurora Guest House. Located in the heart of Lerwick and within walking distance of Lerwick's tourist attractions, the Aurora Guest House is an ideal location from which to explore all the islands have to offer.
The Aurora Guest House
The Aurora Guest House is located at:
89 King Harald Street
We are located approximatley 1 mile from the Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal where the North Link Ferry docks from Aberdeen. To arrive at the Aurora from the ferry is approximatley a 5 minutes drive or a 20 minute walk.
If you are flying into Shetland and landing at Sumburgh Airport we are approximatley a 40 minute drive, or an hour by public transport. You can use bus number 6 from the Airport to Lerwick, and we are a 5 minute walk from the bus station.
Attractions Near The Aurora Guest House
The Shetland Isles offer a wide range of attractions, from stunning natural scenary, museums and unique wildlife.
A holiday in Shetland is truly special, and we'd love to see you here at the Aurora Guest House. Attractions near the guest house are:-
One mile or less from the guest house:
Restaurants / Bars in Lerwick
King Harald Flower Gardens (Bowls, Tennis and Golf)
Lerwick Town Hall
Lerwick Central Bus Station
Clickimin Leisure and Sports Centre
Mousa Broch - 10 Miles - Mousa Broch is the finest surviving Iron Age broch tower.
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement - 19 Miles -
This is an extraordinarily important site with a complex of ancient settlements within three acres.
Tangwick Museum - 27 Miles - The Haa of Tangwick was built in the late 17th century for the Cheyne family. Different aspects of life in Northmavine through the years are illustrated by using a mixture of photographs and artefacts.
Unst - 41 Miles - This estate at the northern tip of Shetland and Britain extends to 4,707 acres. It comprises ten parcels of land, eight of which are on Unst, and includes a number of houses and agricultural buildings.
Tingwall - 3 Miles
Easter Quarff - 4 Miles
Quarff - 5 Miles
Scalloway - 5 Miles
Wester Quarff - 5 Miles
Catfirth - 8 Miles
Tresta - 9 Miles
Aith -11 Miles
Twatt - 12 Miles
Further details on Shetland attractions can be viewed on the official visit Shetland website at http://visit.shetland.org/
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