Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Shetland Islands  /  Mainland  /  Scalloway  /  Historic Sites  /  Scalloway Castle

Scalloway Castle, Scalloway

4.1
#3 of 9 in Sightseeing in Mainland
Castle Tourist Spot
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.
For Scalloway Castle and beyond, use our Scalloway vacation planner to get the most from your Scalloway vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Scalloway Castle
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
102 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • The castle has an interesting history. It takes less than 30 minutes to explore which makes it an ideal add on to the excellent Scalloway Museum next door.  more »
  • I walk the 5 mins up to the castle as I had some spare time before we left the island the castle is in good condition given its age, well worth a look.  more »
  • Included in the (modest) entry fee for the museum, and has a short set of information boards on the ground floor so you know what you're looking at and it's history. Amazingly windy location! There is...  more »
Google
  • 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!

Plan your trip to Scalloway

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Scalloway

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Mainland by other users

23 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM BRAZIL March, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM CROATIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Lerwick BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Lerwick BY A USER FROM NORWAY January, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 41 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Lerwick BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM INDIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Hillswick BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans