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Scalloway

Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Shetland Islands  /  Mainland  /  Scalloway
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Things to do: historic sites, museums
Scalloway is the largest settlement on the North Atlantic coast of Mainland, Shetland with a population of approximately 812, at the 2001 census. Until 1708 it was the capital of the Shetland Islands .Scalloway is the location of the North Atlantic Fisheries College, which offers courses and supports research programmes in fisheries sciences, aquaculture, marine engineering and coastal management. It is also home to the Centre for Nordic Studies. Nearby are the Scalloway Islands, which derive their name from the town.The village has a swimming pool and a school, Scalloway Junior High School, the secondary department of which was closed in July 2011 by the Shetland Islands Council.HistoryBuilt in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney, the remains of Scalloway Castle is the most notable feature of the village. Scalloway Castle is located near the quay (the castle is usually locked, however a key can be borrowed from the nearby Scalloway Hotel).Norwegian boatbuilders from Hordaland, around the Bergen areas of Os and Tysnes built Yoals from about the 16th century. Oselvar, the traditional small wooden boat of Os, were taken apart and then 'flat packed' for shipping to Scalloway. Instead of sending complicated assembly instructions, they sent boatbuilders to re-build them. Many of those stayed for years in Shetland, and some married there.
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