The capital and the main port of the Shetland Islands and Britain's most northerly town. Lying in the center of Shetland's main island, Mainland, the city has an old fishing port that has been vastly expanded, but which still retains much of its charm. You can also see the impressive bastion of Fort Charlotte and an old fortification, the Broch of Clickimin, but still in great condition, on the south west side of Lerwick.
The first settlement with the name of Lerwick was established in the 17th century, but evidence of human settlement in the area date back 3000 years. The city became the capital of the islands in the 19th century and it also expended to the west as it got more and more prosperous.
One of the most important buildings is Fort Charlotte, built in the 17th century on Lerwick’s waterfront, surrounded by stone buildings.
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