Lynne and Jim would like to welcome you to the Fort Charlotte Guest House

Ideally situated in the centre of Lerwick, close to Ferries, Bus Terminal, Tourist Office and the award winning New Museum – it provides an excellent base for exploring Shetland. Five comfortable and attractive bedrooms are available – all ensuite, with toilet, wash-hand basin and showers. All rooms are centrally heated, have colour TV, hair-dryers, radio alarms and refreshment trays. A choice of pubs, cafes, restaurants and take-away shops are all within very easy walking distance – offering a variety of good meals. To help you make the best of your time in Shetland, we keep a good selection of maps, leaflets and books which may be borrowed for use on the premises.

About Us:


  • Shetland born and bred
  • Owned the Fort Fish & Chip shop until last year (37 years!); hub of local knowledge for Shetland!
  • Co-owned Shetland Sea Charters from the late 1980’s – ran boat trips around Noss, fishing charters and scuba diving charters, right up until 2014
  • Scuba Diver
  • Keen hiker
  • Loves and is interested about everything Shetland from family history to wildlife, local affairs to geography


  • Lived in Shetland for over 30 years
  • Former Coastguard Watch Officer at MRSC Shetland (15 years)
  • Scuba Diving Instructor
  • Keen Hiker
  • Due to work, family and interests have probably walked, flown or sailed around most of Shetland so knowledge acquired first hand

Background of House

Built in 1886 just outside the ramparts of the actual Fort Charlotte, the whole block was originally called Ogilvie Building. When built the part which is now Fort Charlotte Guest House consisted of a shop at street level with internal stairs leading up to the living quarters on the 2nd to 4th floors. Many years ago two brothers decided to split the premises, one brother retained the shop and the other the house, complete with wash-house and drying green.

Today the attractive entrance to the Guest House is at the back of the building, accessed by a few steps from Charlotte Street, with the quaint wash-house (now used as a secure store for bicycles, large sporting equipment etc) and up a short flight of stairs the drying-green (now a pretty patio garden.)

Please note that we are not associatedwith Fort Charlotte Self Catering, you can find them at