Scalloway is a village in the Shetland Islands.
Scalloway, or Skálavágr (literally "bay with the large house(s)") as it was known in Old Norse, is the largest settlement on the Atlantic coast of the "Mainland" island of Shetland. Before the capital was moved to Lerwick in 1708, Scalloway was the capital of Shetland Islands.
There is a regular bus between Scalloway and Lerwick. The main stops are at Port Arthur, the Scalloway Hall and Blydoit, although the bus will typically stop if flagged from the roadside. A single adult fare is £1.90. There is also a less frequent route to Trondra and Burra. A full timetable is available here: http://travel.shetland.org/
There are facilities in Scalloway for ships of various sizes. Those visiting by boat should contact the Scalloway Boating Club for more information.
Scalloway is a small village and easily accessible on foot. Visitors can however take the bus between stops in the village for a fare of £0.40.
The major attraction for most tourists are the remains of Scalloway Castle, the former living quarters of Earl Patrick Stewart. The Scalloway Museum moved to new, larger premises adjacent to the Castle in 2011. A memorial to those involved in The Shetland Bus, an operation during World War II to evacuate Norwegians from their threatened home country, is based on the village's Main Street.
The village has its own leisure centre, with 16m swimming pool, jacuzzi, and steam room. There is a games hall available for hire, suitable for sports such as badminton or indoor football. There is a free-to-use football pitch and multicourt at the Fraser Park; tennis equipment can be provided on request. There is also a children's playpark here, in addition to smaller parks at Sycamore Avenue and Port Arthur. Scalloway has a weightlifting gym with 24-hour access for members.
Climbing the Gallow Hill provides panoramic views of the village. The Witch's Wart on top of the hill is reportedly the ancient burial place of women believed to have been witches.
Football matches are played regularly in the Fraser Park. Fixtures are detailed in the local newspaper, with senior teams typically playing on Monday and Friday evenings.
The Scalloway Gala is held on the first weekend of July every year. A number of events make up the festival, including a street carnival, fishing eela, and performances from various local bands. The Scalloway Regatta is held in August and includes competition in rowing and cycling, as well as some land-based events.
Scalloway has two shops, both of which are open until 10pm. The Scalloway Meat Company is a small supermarket and butcher; it also has an additional upstairs store, typically open until 5pm, which sells various items including clothing, toys and home goods. The Checkout is a smaller newsagents and grocers. Both shops are licensed to sell alcohol between 10am and 10pm.
The village also has a pharmacy on Main Street, open until 5pm. This store also acts as the village's post office.
Blydoit Fish Shop sells fresh seafood. It is neighboured by the local veterinary practice.
Eat and Drink
The Scalloway Hotel has an AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, billed as serving the best food in Shetland. The hotel also provides bar meals, teas and coffees. The public lounge bar stocks an excellent selection of spirits.
The Kiln Bar & Cafe serves meals for a smaller budget, including cooked breakfasts and typical bar meals such as fish and chips.
On New Street, opposite Scalloway Castle is the Chinese takeaway, Hai Yang, which is open until 10pm weekdays and later at the weekend. Check the door for notices as sometimes it closes earlier.
Cornerstone BB & Restaurant on the main street offers relaxed, cafe-style dining from breakfast to dinner with an excellent selection of veggie and gluten-free options, fresh fish, soups of the day, cakes and coffee. Superb quality food at a surprisingly affordable price makes this place very popular.
There are two members clubs in Scalloway, including the Royal British Legion, opposite the village's public hall. While guests are technically expected to sign in the rule is not always enforced. The Scalloway Boating Club is stricter and requires guests to be signed in by members, although the club often hosts events on weekends which anybody can attend. Both clubs have modern facilities, including WiFi. Scalloway Boating Club has a large screen frequently used to show sports, especially football matches.
The Scalloway Hotel provides three star accommodation from £65/night, bed and breakfast. The hotel hosts 24 rooms, but beds are unlikely to be available without advanced booking.
Visitors can also stay in the self-catered "'Easterhoull Chalets"', from £45-55 per night depending on season. This price covers full use of the chalet for up to four people.
There are two bed and breakfasts in the village, "'Broch House"' and "'Windward"'.
Nearby are the Scalloway Islands, which derive their name from the town.