Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland Islands,
Things to see and do on Shetland
It is unlikely that visitors to Shetland will arive without an agenda but, if you find youselves with a little free time, we can offer some suggestions.
As you would expect, our local Tourist Information Office always has an up to date 'What's On' list and, in addition, they have a very complete list of places to visit and Sightseeing Tours.
are several experienced local tour operators offering visitors access
to parts of Shetland and it's history that would not normally be apparent
if you were unaccompanied.
To say that Shetland has the best archaeology visible anywhere in Britain is no exaggeration. The prehistoric site at Jarlshof stands over 2 metres high, the broch at Mousa 13 metres.
The earliest evidence of settlement in Shetland dates to about 3000BC (the Neolithič). Neolithic farmers grew barley, the stone tips of their ploughs can often be found lying on the ground. There are also Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish and, of course, Viking remains to be seen.
The Shetland Pony
The Shetland is the smallest of the British native breeds with a maximum height of 42" and is seen as small as 28' or so. It is hardy and resilient being very strong for its size.
No early records of the Shetland Pony exist but the Bressay Stone, a relic of Pictish Times bears the sculpture of a horse with a rider, which historians regard as significant evidence that ponies roamed the hills and moors of Shetland long before the Norse invasion of the 8th-9th centuries.
The Shetland Pony Stud Book Society was formed in 1890 to maintain unimpaired the purity of Shetland Ponies and to promote the breeding of these ponies. It was started by several far-sighted people, due to the demand for male ponies for the coal mines in the 1850's the number of good stallions being retained in the islands was reduced.
The Shetland Pony can be seen in all colours (except spotted) - black, chestnut, grey, bay, dun, blue roan, piebald or skewbaid. Up until recently the heavy black Shetland Pony probably dominated the show classes outwith the Shetland Islands, due to the fact that many of the ponies on the British Mainland may have derived from the heavy black pony exported for coal mines.
The fishing comprises both Brown Trout and Sea Trout with the likelihood of the occasional Grilse. In the countless fresh-water lochs brown trout are from '1/2lb upwards with sea trout and grilse from 2lb and upwards
The sporting qualities of the wild Shetland brown trout are widely commented upon by the top angling writers. Shetland may not have the biggest brown trout in the world but for the size of the islands, it certainly has the most.
Visitors should note that there are no rivers in Shetland and sea trout are caught by fishing from the beaches all around the islands either by casting a wet fly or spinning into the open sea.
This attractive fish provides one of the unique features of Shetland angling. The deep loch of Girlsta, 10 miles to the north of Lerwick, contains large stocks of brown trout, ferox and char.
Sea Angling trips are available on, amongst others, mv RubyMay.
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