Lerwick is the capital and part of the Shetland islands. One of the UK\'s coastal weather stations is located at Lerwick. Lerwick is a busy fishing and ferry port. Fort Charlotte built in the 17th century, is an artillery fort on the waterfront. It has been used as the town jail and court house, and a coastguard station. Today is it the base for Shetland\'s territorial army. The Shetland museum is at Hay\'s dock. The dock area has been refurbished and includes the restoration of the pier house which is home to the museum\'s floating exhibits. The exhibits in the museum, although not old, are of great significance to Shetland.
Baltasound is an island of Unst in Shetland. Unst is the most northerly inhabited island in the UK. The village lies halfway along the coast of the island on a sheltered bay. Baltaound used to be the second most important herring port in Shetland. The Valhalla brewery here brews six kinds of beer. The brewery is named after a myth that fallen Viking warriors are met with a horn filled with good ale.
Scalloway was once the capital of Shetland and was a prosperous fishing port. The museum has many items on display which are related to the fishing history of the island. The museum also tells the part that Shetland played in WW2 through photo\'s and artefacts. Scalloway castle was built from 1599 and was surrounded by sea on three sides. It was used as a barracks for Oliver Cromwell\'s troops. It is now looked after by Historic Scotland.