There are iron Age brochs in many parts of Scotland but this is one of the more well-known ones. The broch of Clickimin is situated on the outskirts of Lerwick and it was a short walk from our accommodation at Fort Charlotte.
The broch is accessed by a causeway as it is on an island in the loch.
This is another archaeological feature of Shetland that must be visited when you are there.
This particular place blew me away. Yes it was windy but the actual history that we were viewing was absolutely amazing. I feel privileged that we were able to see it.
Jarlshof is a historical site of Prehistoric and Norse Settlement on Shetland. In 1890 fierce storms exposed structures which had been hidden under layers of earth. The settlement is close to the sea and the winds during the fierce storms meant the waves washed over the shore and exposed the layers of settlement.
The photo above lets you see how close to the sea the settlement was.
The visitor’s route through the site starts with the earliest buildings and ends with the laird’s 17th Century house.
The amazing stone work that constitutes a wheel house was true craftsmanship.
The careful placement of stones to create the structures such as the broch.
The remains of the Norse settlement were not as well preserved but you could still see where the settlement had been.
The laird’s house was the structure that was most evident as it was on the present day surface.
This is an archaeological site that you must visit when you visit Shetland.
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The Museum is a fascinating place and while we were staying in Shetland we had to visit the museum twice to make sure we took full advantage of all that was displayed. Most of my photos related to knitting but the museum displays much more that knitted items. You get a full picture of the history of Shetland and their website is well worth a browse.
This is a Shetland Kep and since returning to Australia I have joined a kep knitting group. I have yet to knit a Kep but I now have a pattern so I will be able to knit one in the future. The keps were originally made to trade with Norwegian sailors. The hat has a lining, you can just see the cream knitting protruding from the edge of the brim.
Of course there were wonderful displays of Shetland kntting and the next two photos are a sample of old fashioned fair isle knitting and more modern examples.
I had read about the Shetland Textile Museumbefore we visited Shetland so it was one of the places on my list that I had to visit. The bod is a restored fishing station and is the birthplace of Arthur Anderson who gifted Queen Victoria some stockings in fine Shetland lace.
Out front of the bod is this wonderful example of Shetland lace adapted for another purpose.
Outside were a couple of beautiful Fair Isle jumpers on display.
The lace work was magnificent and this is just a small sample.
So many examples of beautiful fair isle work.
The guernsey in this picture is similar to one I knitted for my grandson when he was younger.
The pattern I used was Debbie Bliss Denim Herringbone Sweater from the book Debbie Bliss Family Collection.
The bod had a wonderful display of all sorts of knitting and weaving and there were working displays too. We also saw some taatit rugs which are a type of bedcovering. You can read about them here.
Looking at these berets now I feel happy with the Sheeps Heid I made when I got back to Australia.
Little did we know that after visiting the textile museum we would be able to see even more examples of Shetland textiles when we visited the Shetland Museum and Archives.
We were in Shetland for nine days and we enjoyed every minute of it. We were staying in an apartment called Fort Charlotte Apartments. It was ideal for our purposes. It was right in the centre of town next to the Fort, hence its name. Our apartment can be seen to the right of the photo. The window beneath the stack of eight chimneys belongs to our apartment.
Fort Charlotte is obviously no longer used as a fort but the building is still there and stands watch over the harbour.
The centre of Lerwick is virtually car free and so there was no car noise in our apartment.
Close by was the local fish and chip shop which seemed to do a roaring trade every day so we made sure we sampled their fare one night.
This view from our apartment window lets you see how close we were to the town centre.
Our apartment was the ideal base for exploring Shetland. More on my next Tuesday Travels.
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