Fort Charlotte
Fort Charlotte
3.5

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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Just a short walk from town, easy to find following the signs , its free to enter and plenty of info boards. You get great views of shetland once inside.
Written May 16, 2019
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John S
Homosassa, FL1,191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
THE SHETLANDS are the northerly part of the British Isles.There are more than 100 islands in all, but only 12 are inhabited; hardly any flat land and the climate here does not favor any farming.
The Shetland Islands are very remote and most domestic animals do not live here easily, but Sheep the Shetland Ponies can thrive here. In Lerwick, you can set up a tour, and (from what we heard) the tours are fun, but dress in layers of clothing.
At times you wonder why people live here; people have lived here for a long time and have persisted, Well, the answer is this in one word - FISHING, The clear cold waters are teeming with varieties of fish and marine life. That's not the only income to the Islands, The port of of (SULLOM VOE) has become Europe's largest OIL & NATURAL GAS TERMINAL!
LERWICK, the capital of the Shetland Islands, was founded in the 17th century by the Dutch fishermen, fished here for the HERRING. During the Second Dutch War, Fort Charlotte was built in 1663 for the valuable military purposes of Bressay Sound, which is a natural harbor.
The fort & fishing grew together and Lerwick became the Capital in the 19th century, and became the premier Herring town of Northern Europe......
Lerwick is a very friendly place with picturesque lanes and streets .
THE SHETLAND COUNTY MUSEUM,
Displays the history of the Islands, including archaeology, fishing, shipwrecks and folklore. A must see.
Fort Charlotte is a walking tour, also very picturesque area, as you stand by the cannons and look out over the harbor you will see some of Lerwick's best views. From what we heard the Fort is still active today and still in good shape.
DURING WORLD WAR 2!
The war brought the ROYAL NAVY to the Shetlands; several important bases were built for the purpose of controlling the North Sea against the Germans, and as an important supply route to Russia., The Royal Navy base still exists today..
Relative to population, the Shetlands lost more lives to War (WORLD WAR 1 & WORLD WAR 2) than any other British Country!!!!
Lerwick & Shetlands Islands grew in the 1970's , Harbor Traffic was up and so was the revenue; they have a saying to this growth: some day the Oil will run out, but not the fish. Good Quote
Here are 3 more tours to choose from if you ever visit Lerwick, Scotland.
JARLSHOF RUINS, HOSWICK VISITOR CENTER & SCALLOWAY CASTLE..
SHOPPING IN LERWICK.
You will find Woolen Items, handmade and handmade sweaters, and scarfs- both excellent buys. Also, loads of plaid clothing. Plus, handcrafted jewelry silver and other pieces.
You can find all the shops on Commercial Street & Market Cross.
REMEMBER THE CURRENCY IS THE BRITISH POUND, and some of the stores will ship your purchase to your home....
CLIMATE!
Woooooooooooo, cold - at times very cold; you are just 400 miles south of the ARCTIC CIRCLE, The southern Islands are warmed by the Gulf Stream, bringing showers in the summer; the winters are dark & unsettled, January is the coldest month, and August the warmest month..
LOCAL CUISINE!
Seafood & fish, cooked in variety of methods, Lamb is the specialty of the region..
POST OFFICE, BANKS & VISITOR CENTER!
Are all Commercial Street, just about everything has the business hours of 9 -5. Some shops stay open longer.
We enjoyed Lerwick & Shetland Islands, we had a great time learning about the area.
Till Later; HAPPY TRAVELING & BE SAFE)!!!!
John & Jackie Scalise/ Dunedin, Florida
Written October 18, 2015
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Hobbitpaws
Shetland Islands, UK106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Step into Shetland's history, back to the 1600s and the islands' involvement in the Anglo-Dutch wars. Built in 1652, the fort didn’t really see much action in the first two wars and was never finished as a result. Which was a bit of a shame, considering that the Dutch decided to pay us a visit in the third war and as a result, burned Lerwick to the ground... oopsy! The fort was rebuilt in 1781 and named Fort Charlotte after the wife of George III, but again these cannons were never fired. The land around the area was reclaimed and it now simply stands as a lovely location for a walk and picnic with lovely views out to Bressay.
Written May 28, 2016
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Lowestoft, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Just a short walk from the town centre, free to enter an still in use by the MOD, houseing both the local army reserve unit and also cadet group, great views of the harbour an nice info cards dotted about with snippets of history
Written February 25, 2018
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D38lawn
Stoke-on-Trent, UK577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Due to Covid only the grounds were available to see. All buildings being closed. Hopefully this will change soon! Good views over town and harbour , and information boards. Somewhere to look in on a walk around town.
Written September 14, 2020
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HoustonMissionTrip
Houston, TX133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Interesting visit to the fort. well marked, but a little sparse. Don't plan on spending more than about 30 minutes.
Written September 25, 2019
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Penarth, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Loved this place with views across the Bay. A little walk up a small hill but totally worth it. Free and easy to find.
Written May 10, 2019
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Jean W
Melbourne, Australia111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Lovely walk around the old fort. Detailed information panels provided a good understanding of the history and facilities.
Written April 29, 2019
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Thomas G
Mansfield, UK279 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The fort is open to the public but found that entry from the north and exit from the south was all that could be done. The view of the Harbour is good and there are works in progress to maintain the castle. Hopefulyl a visitor center annd greater access will be possible.
Written May 20, 2018
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Alex A
Linlithgow, UK23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
Fort Charlotte is a set of working buildings. Though owned by Historic Scotland, this is not a visitor attraction. You can go and walk around the open spaces, and enjoy the elevated views across the town and harbour, but that is pretty much your lot. Worth five minutes as you wander past.
Written February 23, 2015
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