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The Scalloway Hotel


Main Street, Scalloway, Shetland. ZE1 OTR.

Tel: +44 (0) 1595 880444


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Set on the shores of Shetlands’ former capital is the Scalloway Hotel. With only a short drive from the capital these days, Lerwick, and 24 miles from the airport, it is still easy to reach, taking in some of the stunning landscape that shapes Shetland. With gorgeous views of the Scalloway harbour and the castle, relaxing starts before you have even checked in.

At the family run hotel you will always find a warm welcome, mostly by owners Peter and Caroline McKenzie. Though looking small from the outside, there is a lot it has to offer inside. The 23 bedrooms are all different in size and shape and none looks like the other. What they have in common however are the carefully selected furnishings and the Shetland touches throughout.

From handmade lampshades, sheep skins, Shetland wool pillows and in most rooms chairs made with the same, attention to detail and connection to the island is visible. And not to mention comfortable. Even the heavy curtains are made from Shetland wool, although for those lucky enough to obtain a sea facing room, you would not really want to close these. The bathrooms come as a big surprise, all refurbished and with modern appliances and under floor heating, fluffy towels, bathrobes and handmade island soaps.

For those wanting to explore the area, the hotel holds the key to Scalloway Castle, built for Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney and Shetland. And at the right time of year, at the right time and place you might even get to spot the most famous of wildlife – the puffins.

After a day out adventuring, dinner is well catered for. Whether it be in the bar, enjoying a light bite and one of the many drink specialities such as local ales or one of the many specially sourced whiskies, or in the 2 AA rosette restaurant. The kitchen team outdoes themselves in bringing the best of the islands produce, fish and meats to the table with an innovative design. You can indulge in smoked eel, lobster, a grand variety of fish and of course Shetland lamb. To top it off, desserts are worthy of the Ritz. With a well thought through wine selection and fresh ground coffee after dinner, an evening to remember is guaranteed, before heading upstairs and drifting off to a deep night’s sleep.

And before setting out in the morning, breakfast is a wonderful selection of homemade pastries, cold meats and cheese, luxury yoghurts and cereals, followed by a plate of hot deliciousness, whether it be a full Scottish breakfast, smoked fish or eggs Benedict. The perfect way to start your next day exploring Shetland.


February 2015


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