Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte is an artillery fort in central Lerwick on the Shetland Islands.

With bastions on each corner, this five-sided fort is the third structure on the same site; the first built between 1652-3, the second put up under Charles II’s orders in 1665 to hold off an advancing Dutch fleet and the third was erected in 1781 after the second incarnation was burnt down.

The fort is named after the wife of George III. Since the 18th century, Fort Charlotte has been used as a garrison during the Napoleonic Wars, a naval base, a town jail, a courthouse and a coastguard station.

Today the fort is managed by Historic Scotland and is base for the territorial army in Scotland. Climb up to the battlements and get a fantastic view of Lerwick Harbour and Bressay Sound.

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Fort Charlotte 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 11.1℃ to 12.2℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, Oct 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.9℃ to 10℃ with wind speed 7.3 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Oct 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7℃ to 8.6℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (N)
Friday, Oct 06rain
Expect a temp in the range 10.2℃ to 11.5℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (SE)
Saturday, Oct 07rain
Expect a temp in the range 11.5℃ to 12.6℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Oct 08rain
Expect a temp in the range 12.4℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 7.4 m/sec (SW)
Monday, Oct 09partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 10.6℃ with wind speed 7.2 m/sec (SW)

Lerwick weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

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