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Whiteness is an ancient hamlet and parish on the Shetland mainland in Scotland situated on the west coast, 7 miles north of Lerwick and 3 miles north of Scalloway. The Shetland Isles were acquired by Scotland from Scandinavia in 1468 and the name ‘Whiteness’ comes from the old Norse meaning ‘white headland’ describing its position on the coastline which is indented with a sea loch or ‘voe’ which cuts deep into the land up to the heathery hills and green crofts. Surrounded by unspoilt picturesque landscapes, beautiful sandy beaches, archaeological sites and an abundance of wildlife, this idyllic rural village is ideal for angling, walking, bird-watching and sight-seeing. Historically interesting sites nearby include the Neolithic Staneydale ‘Temple’, chambered cairns and Iron Age brochs. Mousa Broch is Scotland’s best preserved broch dating back 2000 years; it is located on the island of Mousa which also has a RSPB reserve with regular organised boat trips. Scalloway Castle is a classic castle with a colourful and interesting history and the Shetland Museum and Archives, located in Lerwick, has exhibits and displays on the 5000 years of life on the islands. Also held in Lerwick is the mid-winter Viking fire festival the Up-Helly-Aa, this annual event includes burning a replica Viking long-boat and all-night partying.


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Herrislea House Hotel (22.29 miles)

Herrislea House Hotel

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We will warmly welcome you at our country location, 7 miles from Lerwick, where you will be at the centre of Shetland, and the centre of our attention. Our well-maintained hotel has an impressive ... More

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The Shetland Hotel (24.15 miles)

The Shetland Hotel

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Situated in Lerwick, Shetland's main town, the Shetland Hotel provides an ideal base for all your requirements. Lerwick is Shetland's capital, and is itself a busy cosmopolitan and charismatic harbour town ... More

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Lerwick Hotel (24.94 miles)

Lerwick Hotel

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Modern & well equipped hotel 10 minutes walk from the town centre, nestling on the shore of Breiwick Bay Ideal base for both the holiday or business traveller. This attractive hotel is ... More

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Kveldsro House Hotel (25.06 miles)

Kveldsro House Hotel

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The Kveldsro House Hotel - The country home hotel in town. Perfect for the discerning business executive or the individual traveller on a short or long break Located in the centre of ... More

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Lav rockha Guest House (118.62 miles)

Lav rockha Guest House

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At Lav'rockha we offer luxurious accommodation with all facilities for your comfort at competitive rates, and are the only Guest House in Orkney to have been awarded four stars and ... More

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Albert Hotel (118.62 miles)

Albert Hotel
The Albert Hotel is a contemporary hotel located in the town centre of Kirkwall within Orkney. The hotel is a Visit Scotland 3 star rated hotel. Kirkwall is one of Orkney's 2 main towns and ... More | visit website
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Merkister Hotel (119.03 miles)

Merkister Hotel

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Situated on the shores of Harray Loch, the Merkister hotel stands in its own grounds in the most wonderful location, commanding impressive views of this famous loch and its surroundings. ... More

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Houton Bay Lodge (125.99 miles)

Houton Bay Lodge

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8 luxurious & spacious en-suite rooms at attractive rates. Fantastic rural setting with great views of Scapa Flow & South IslesOnly 15-mins drive from Stromness & KirkwallDelicious meals using only ... More

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Seaview Hotel (141.81 miles)

Seaview Hotel

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We are a small family run hotel in the far North of Scotland with breathtaking views of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Isles. We are only 300 yds from Orkney ... More

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Castle Arms Hotel (144.35 miles)

Castle Arms Hotel

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The Castle Arms Hotel is a former 19th Century coaching inn, situated 8 miles from John O'Groats, in the village of Mey. It is the earest hotel to Gills Ferry to ... More

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