LOCATION

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. 

About Lerwick 
 

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.

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)

 

Shetland Museum

 

Lerwick Town Hall

 

Lerwick Library

 

Lerwick Central Bus Station

 

Clickimin Leisure and Sports Centre

 

 

Tourist Attractions:

 

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.

 


Nearby Towns

 

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/ 

Shetland wildlife

Shetland wildlife

Experience the excellent wildlife Shetland has to offer

Shetland Wildlife: Puffin

Shetland Wildlife: Puffin

Experience the excellent wildlife Shetland has to offer - Experience the grace of a Puffin

Shetland Wildlife: Killer Whales

Shetland Wildlife: Killer Whales

Experience the excellent wildlife Shetland has to offer - See Killer Whales swimming in the wild

Shetland Wildlife: Shetland Ponies

Shetland Wildlife: Shetland Ponies

Experience the excellent wildlife Shetland has to offer - Shetland Ponies can be seen all over the Shetland Islands

Shetland Wildlife

Shetland Wildlife

Experience the excellent wildlife Shetland has to offer

Lerwick Harbour

Lerwick Harbour

Explore the delights of Lerwick Harbour

Lerwick Town Centre

Lerwick Town Centre

Explore the independent and unusual shops in Lerwick town centre

The Valhalla Brewery: Have a sample

The Valhalla Brewery: Have a sample

The Valhalla Brewery is the most northerly brewery in the United Kingdom. Situated on Unst, Britain’s northernmost island, we currently produce 6 fine ales; ideal for real ale drinkers and enthusiasts.

Freshly Caught Fish

Freshly Caught Fish

Eat freshly caught fish in Lerwick

Bobbys Bus Shelter

Bobbys Bus Shelter

One of the most unusual bus shelters you will find anywhere in the UK

Folk Musicians

Folk Musicians

Lerwick folk musicians entertain the crowd in one of the popular restaurants

King Harald Flower Gardens

King Harald Flower Gardens

The King Harald Flower Gardens offer bowls, tennis and golf, as well as flowers

King Harald Flower Gardens

King Harald Flower Gardens

The King Harald Flower Gardens offer bowls, tennis and golf, as well as flowers

Flower Park in Lerwick

Flower Park in Lerwick

The Flower Park in Lerwick - The park takes on a different look depending on the season

The Shetland Museum

The Shetland Museum

Explore and learn how Shetland was formed

Lerwick Town Hall / Shetland Council

Lerwick Town Hall / Shetland Council

The Lerwick Town Hall

Clickimin Leisure Centre

Clickimin Leisure Centre

From a swim to a jog around the athletics track, you can do it all at the Clickimin

Clickimin Leisure Centre

Clickimin Leisure Centre

From a swim to a jog around the athletics track, you can do it all at the Clickimin

Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch is the finest surviving Iron Age broch tower

Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch

Mousa Broch is the finest surviving Iron Age broch tower

Unst Church

Unst Church

Explore Unst - Home to Britain's Most Northerly Church

The delightful beach at Unst

The delightful beach at Unst

Spend some time in the Shetland sunshine on the delightful beach at Unst

Unst - Saxavord Resort

Unst - Saxavord Resort

Expore the delightful surroundings of Saxavord on Unst

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The Aurora Guest House
 

The Aurora Guest House is located at:

 

 

89 King Harald Street

Lerwick

Shetland

ZE1 0PR

 

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. 

Call us now to make an enquiry:

(+44) ​01595 690105

Contact us using our mobile/cell:

(+44) 07808 476119
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