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Shetland’s Ancient Capital

By Linda Tancs

On the southern peninsula of Mainland, Shetland, you’ll find its ancient capital, Scalloway.  Derived from Old Norse meaning “bay of the huts,” the picturesque village with Viking roots can trace its habitation back to the Bronze Age.  Its breathtaking view is punctuated at the Scord, an approach by road that encompasses the harbor, the castle, a bridge and some islets.  The four-story castle dominates the village and is probably one of the only fortified structures that a visitor can see by obtaining a key from the local hotel.

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