Our self-catering properties are full of history, this is where the properties get their names. Dating back to the early 1800's.
Lerwick walks, Douglas Sinclair is a recognised local historian with his main interest being Lerwick, his home town. He works as a tourist guide, specialising in guided walks of Old Lerwick. Douglas is a Regional Affiliate Member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association.
As a boy Douglas played in the lodberries, closses and courtyards of Old Lerwick and was familiar with smugglers' tunnels and explored many of the ancient buildings, now demolished it’s within these lanes where you might be staying.
Please click on one of the titles below to get a deeper insight to our historic lanes.
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8 Law Lane, Lerwick.
Shetland. ZE1 0DX
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Luxury Apartments Shetland is a family run business and our aim is to provide all our guests with a wonderful home from home stay in the historic lanes of Lerwick.
Our own home, we purchased 30 years ago and we began the restoration process. We love the magic that bringing an old property back to life gives. The walls of historic buildings are full of stories, evoking the feeling that we are merely custodians caring for it for future generations.
The Bakers, we purchased 20 years ago and the house and shop below have had major restoration works during the last few years. The Watchmakers we purchased in 2014, after several failed bids over a number of years.
Today we divide our time between looking after our guests, the upkeep of the properties, running our furniture shop 'Irvine Interiors', and Leslie's building company 'Irvine Contractors'. Not surprising our days are wonderfully varied!
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Luxury Shetland Apartments offers quality four star self catering accommodation in Lerwick, Shetlands capital.
You'll find comfort and relaxation in our superb recently renovated quality properties, which are perfect for short breaks, business trips or holidaying with family and friends.
Perfectly positioned in the historic lanes area of the old town, they are an ideal base allowing you the freedom to explore and are an excellent location for your Shetland adventure. A stones throw from the tourist office, small boat harbour and all local amenities.
Shetland is a special place forged by nature, shaped by generations. A wildlife paradise, breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, stunning islands, unique arts and crafts, festivals galore and the warmest of welcomes await you...
New for 2017 ‘The Captains’ a delightful 2 bedroom cottage. please contact us for more details.
‘The Watchmakers’ is Our Quirky,
1 Bedroom, Luxury Cottage.
At the heart of Lerwick's town centre, 4 Law Lane is a traditional yet contemporary one bedroom luxury hideaway, providing a delightful central stay. This building dates back to the early 1800's. Newly renovated it's ideal for those who are looking for an apartment that's a complete contrast with Shetlands wild, rugged and ever changing landscape.
'The Bakers' a beautiful, 4 Bedroom, historic Apartment.
If you're looking for something stunning, 'The Bakers' is just that. This elegant 4 bedroom character property is nestled in Lerwick's historic lanes area.
Both apartments are within a stones throw away to all Lerwicks' amenities, including the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel cinema & music venue, many restaurants, bars and cafe's. It's also just round the corner from the small boat harbour, tourist office and 'da street' Lerwick's main shopping and visiting area.
‘The CAPTAINS’ is a lovely
2 Bedroom, self-catering cottage
Situated in Navy Lane, part of Lerwick's historic lanes area. So named Navy Lane because of the many captains who once lived in the lane.
Recently fully and faithfully restored, the cottage offers a fantastic base for your Shetland holiday. Within strolling distance to all local amenities including the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel cinema and music venue, many restaurants, bars and cafes. A stones throw from the small boat harbour, tourist office and 'da street', Lerwick's main shopping area.
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Beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife, and a warm welcome awaits you....
Uncover the inspiration behind Anne Cleaves gritty, iconic crime stories on which the hit TV series is based, such as Eshaness which can boast one of the highest energy coastlines in the world. Blasted by the full force of the North Atlantic it displays a stunning array of stacks, blowholes and geos.
Visit the enchanting island of Mousa with its magnificent Iron Age Broch and wonderful wildlife. Don't miss the summer evening tour to watch the spectacular returning of hundreds of storm petrel birds after a day feeding at sea.
Our five star, award winning museum and archives is a multi functional visitor attraction. Start your journey though the history of our beautiful islands here with an enjoyable and interactive experience discovering our world renowned collection.
A visit to Sumburgh head is a must with one of the most accessible seabird’s colonies in Britain.
The cliffs surrounding the site are teeming with birds during the summer breeding season puffins, guillemots, razorbills kittiwakes and fulmars can all be found here.
Looking out to sea from here you may be lucky enough to spot sea mammals breaking the waters surface perhaps a white sided Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Killer Whale or Minke whale. Closer to shore the Common and Grey Seal can often be seen basking at the bottom of the cliffs.
Jarlsholf is located at Sumburgh Head at the southern tip of mainland Shetland. This extraordinary site has a complex of ancient settlements which cover more than 4,000 years of human history. You will be amazed to find such a range of archaeological treasures in one place, including late Neolithic houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age Broch and Wheelhouses, a Norse Longhouse, a medieval farmstead and a 16th century laird’s house.
Shetland is home to one of Scotland’s most unique winter festivals, Up Helly Aa, which celebrates the islands Norse traditions. The procession begins with a spectacular parade of Viking warriors and guisers marching with flaming torches, before a longship is set alight.
However, during the summer months’ visitors can learn the history about this fascinating tradition at the Up Helly Aa Exhibition in Galley Shed, which roots can be traced back to the 1880s. The exhibition contains information on the history of Up Helly Aa with many photographs documenting the event. There is also an exhibition of Jarl Squad suits from the previous 10 years on display along with various other suits used by squads participating in the festival.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay in The Watchmakers. The apartment has been beautifully restored and offers an excellent standard of accommodation and is furnished and equipped to the highest standard. It is located in a charming lane off the main street in Lerwick and is ideally placed to take advantage of the town’s facilities. We will definitely return.”
"Just wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed our long term stay at 12 Mounthooly street (The Bakers). The House is of the highest standard with each bedroom having full ensuite facilities, TV’s, luxurious beds and good furniture. The kitchen facilities are top quality including fridge freeze, over/grill, microwave and dish washer. We spent many nights in the cosy lounge watching TV. The house was always warm and inviting with good décor and kept in top quality condition thanks to the daily service. Great location in the centre of everything including bars and restaurants. If and when we return to Shetland rest assured we will be in touch."
“Our wonderful sojourn in Shetland was totally enhanced by our delightful stay in 'The Watchmakers', 4 Law Lane Lerwick, which ticked every box you could think of - beautifully.
The attention to detail in this characterful bijou holiday home is simply second to none with everything, from facilities to utilities being very well and thoughtfully catered for and topped by lovely decor throughout which creates the perfect ambience. So good to have a great day out but to look forward to coming 'home' too!
From our warm welcome to our very reluctant departure we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our stay and can't wait till the next time.”
“We had a great stay at the "Baker's"... Plush inside, and at a prime location in Lerwick centre, it will certainly be our first choice for future visits!”