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2. Lerwick and Fort Charlotte

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Lerwick and Fort Charlotte

Lerwick is home to about 6600 people - about a third of the Island's population. At the heart of the town is a sheltered harbour, busy all year round with fishing boats, yachts and commercial craft. The attractive flagstone clad Commercial Street is set back one block from the seafront and provides shelter from the elements even on stormy days.
 
The street's northern end is marked by the walls of Fort Charlotte, a five sided Artillery Fort, with Bastions projecting from each corner. It was begun in 1665 for Charles II to protect the sound of Bressay from the Dutch, who burnt it down in 1673. The fort was repaired and named in honour of George III's queen in the 1780's. Get a feeling of what it must have been like to be stationed here hundreds of years ago at this remarkably intact survivor of military history.
 
Fort Charlotte Address:
Fort Charlotte
Commercial Street
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0LU
Scotland, UK
 
Fort Charlotte Opening Times:
Daily, June to September, 9.00 am to 10.00 pm
October to May, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
 
Fort Charlotte Admission:
Free 

T  +44 (131) 6688831

F  +44 (131) 6688888
 
 

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