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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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 11℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 6.2 m/sec (NW)
Wednesday, Jul 06
Expect a temp in the range 11℃ to 11.9℃ with wind speed 7.9 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Jul 07
Expect a temp in the range 9.5℃ to 9.9℃ with wind speed 5.8 m/sec (NNW)
Friday, Jul 08
Expect a temp in the range 10.8℃ to 11.7℃ with wind speed 7.1 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Jul 09
Expect a temp in the range 10.6℃ to 11.3℃ with wind speed 5.9 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Jul 10
Expect a temp in the range 11.8℃ to 12.3℃ with wind speed 6.5 m/sec (SW)
Monday, Jul 11
Expect a temp in the range 11.6℃ to 12.4℃ with wind speed 8.1 m/sec (WSW)

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

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