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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Shetland Isles

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 16 fun things to do in Shetland Isles for you and the family to discover, including museums and art galleries, swimming pools and leisure centres and landmarks. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 14 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Shetland Isles day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Shetland Isles with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Muness Castle

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Muness Castle is a z-plan, 3 storey building (though only just over 2 floors remain) with circular towers at opposing corners. The castle was built i...

Unst Boat Haven

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Unst Boat Haven The collection consists of original wooden boats of various types that have been in use over the past one hundred and forty years. A...

Hermaness National Nature Reserve

  • Shetland Isles
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Hermaness National Nature Reserve Hermaness is home to the third largest colony of flying pirates in the world: the bonxies or great skuas. During su...

Fetlar Interpretive Museum

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fetlar Interpretive Museum Museum and visitor centre on the island of Fetlar with interactive and educational displays on the history of Fetlar and i...

Yell Leisure Centre

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The popular Yell Leisure Centre offers a range of features beginning with a 12.5m family pool with lagoon area, ideal for little beginners and with p...

The Old Haa

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Old Haa invites you to discover the history of the island of Yell, including the whaling years and shipwrecks plus a tea room, gallery, and gift...

North Mainland Leisure Centre

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Grab your sports kits, fill up your water bottles and head to North Mainland Leisure Centre for an action packed, fitness fuelled day with the whole...

West Mainland Leisure Centre

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

West Mainland Leisure Centre has a 16.7m Main pool with water cannons, Spa Pool and a Toddlers Pool with Finger Jets make this a fun pool to take the...



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Bod of Gremista and Textile Museum

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Located in the 18 th century Böd of Gremista, birthplace of Arthur Anderson, co-founder of the P&O Shipping Company, the Shetland Textile Museum...

Shetland Museum and Archives

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Shetland Museum and Archives The galleries integrate Shetland museum and archives collections for the first time to tell Shetland story in the most c...

Fort Charlotte

  • Shetland Isles
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

A 5 sided artillery fort with bastions projecting from each corner. The walls are high and massive. It was built in 1665 to protect the Sound of Bres...

Clickimin Leisure Complex Pools

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The Leisure Waters pool offers the Rapid River Ride with Geysers, Airbeds and Water Cannon; Giant Bubble Pool; Outdoor Lagoon with Waterfall feature...

Scalloway Pool

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Water Parks

Scalloway pool is proud to invite all families from the small local village or surrounding communities. Encouraging all to get active and enjoy water...

Bressays Heritage Centre

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Annual summer Exhibitions provide visitors with the opportunity to dip into many aspects of Bressay's past. Bressay Heritage Centre also houses an ex...

Scalloway Museum

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Scalloway was once the capital of Shetland but in later years has been a prosperous fishing port. Fishing features in the museum, yet the unique stor...

Mousa Boat Trips

  • Shetland Isles
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Take a trip by boat to the diminutive island of Mousa and explore for the day; be sure to take your binoculars for wildlife watching! Mousa Sound is...

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