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Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Lerwick, Scotland is the capital city of The Shetlands, a 100-island archipelago north of the British Isles. There’s evidence of human settlement there dating back 3,000 years at its one and only Broch of Clickimin, so make sure to check out this round castle constructed in the Iron Age—also the tallest and best-preserved broch in the world. Not the only epic highlight of the region, there’s also some pretty extraordinary bird watching opportunities in the Shetlands, bringing you up close to some of the rarest and most amazing seabird colonies. Pony up some admiration for super-longtime local residents – the Shetland, well, ponies. This pint-sized species wins the resilience game by actually standing and looking pretty in their flowing, shaggy manes—a beauty trick so effective, it has worked in their favor for the last 2,000 years.