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NordicBlackbird

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The fishing port of Scalloway, Shetland’s capital until the 18th century, is a picturesque village, shielded from Atlantic gales by the rugged isles of Trondra and Burra.
The Booth, formerly a merchant’s store now serves as accommodation for artists in residence. It is cared by Shetland Arts.
The castle, built by forced labour in 1600, was Earl Patrick Stewart’s. A grand example of a Scottish fortified house, it was occupied for less than a century and is now roofless. Beneath the grand banqueting hall are large kitchens and a dungeon where 17th century ‘witches’, condemned to die on nearby Gallows Hill, awaited their fate. The castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and open to the public.
Traditional boats drawn up on shore recall the Viking past: in Norse times Scalloway (meaning `the bay of the booths’) was the landing place for delegates attending Shetland’s annual parliament or ‘Ting’, held on the Lawting Holm in Tingwall Loch, two miles north of the village. In those days there were no roads and most traffic went by sea – as it did well into the 19th century.
Scalloway also became a secret base for one of WWII’s most endeavouring operations, “The Shetland Bus” – helping the Norwegian resistance with equipment and saving lives by welcoming their families. Their heroes’ exploits are displayed at the local museum. Further west on Main Street is the Prince Olav Slipway, which was built by the Norwegians to repair the boats damaged by storms and enemy action during raids on their Nazi occupied homeland.

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