Venue Overview

The Shetland Amenity Trust owns and operates a number of key sites across the Isles including, the Shetland Museum and Archives, Old Scatness Broch, Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Visitors Centre, camping bods and the Viking Longhouse and ship in Unst.

The Trust encourages and facilitates public access to Shetland’s cultural and natural heritage, using various methods including the use of museum and archives displays, onsite interpretation, publications and a strong web presence.  It has also developed and applies a strong brand identity for Shetland’s heritage and culture.


Viking Connection

The island of Unst in Shetland has the largest concentration of Viking long house remains outside Scandinavia.  The Shetland Amenity Trust has recently completed a reconstruction of a long house, based on archaeological evidence from the area.  This provides a new tourist attraction to Shetland and is available for hire as an event venue.  The longhouse is located alongside the Skidbladner, which is a reconstructed Viking ship.

Extensive research has been undertaken on place names relating to Viking times and Ting sites in the islands.


Visitor Information


Opening Hours

Open to the public. Times vary by site throughout the year


Adult: x                         Child: x                      Concession: x      

Family of 4: x              Family of 5: x



Garthspool, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0NY


Contact Details


Tel: 01595 694688


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Purpose of Organisation

The Shetland Amenity Trust was established in 1983 to preserve and enhance Shetland’s cultural and natural heritage. 

The Trust does this through a number of initiatives managed by its archaeological, architectural, environmental and, natural heritage programmes and place names project.

Charity Number SCO17505