Scalloway Castle, Scalloway

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Scalloway Castle is a tower house in Scalloway, on the Mainland of Shetland, off the north coast of Scotland. The tower was built in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney, during his brief period as effective ruler of Shetland.
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  • August 20, 2017
    The remains of the castle can be visited. To better understand, boards are available on the ground floor. If you want more information can go in the adjacent Museum.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Opposite the museum , well worth a visit - Home of Patrick Stewart Earl Of Orkney & Shetlands , accusations of forced labour in the construction of the castle in 1599 contributed to the execution of t...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    This is a must see on the main island of Shetland. The history may be dark but the small castle is a great place to get a feel of the drafty place this must have been on the coast.  more »
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  • Ok, I've been debating with myself about how many stars to give Scalloway Castle. Positives: it's free and it's a pretty cool experience to be able to walk around an old castle pretty much undisturbed (we had it completely to ourselves). Negatives: Not a great deal of information about the castle is provided. Yes, there are a few signs, but a bit more would have made the experience at least a 4. If you're in Scalloway, don't miss out though, and if you just love old castles it's worth a visit as well.
  • Although a shell, there is sufficient left of the structure to gain an understanding of what the castle was like in former times. And obviously where it sits in the town and the way it dominates the skyline are as relevant today as the time it was built.
  • Interesting old castle, quite small but reasonably preserved. Wander in and look around for free. Scalloway itself is quite scenic and worth a trip.
  • Love wandering around this castle - key available from the museum next door. Information boards throughout explain its history. I have great memories of playing in here as a child.
  • Yes it's small, but it's free and very well maintained! All the signs are very informative and you are usually all alone in it, which O think adds so much to the charm of the whole experience!

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