A district at the heart of Mainland Shetland, Tingwall derives its name from the Norse for 'a field or place where courts or assemblies are held'. Here in the 'parliament valley', on the islet of Law Ting Holm in Tingwall Loch, annual gatherings were held bringing together representatives of all the local Shetland assemblies or 'tings'. The settlement of Veensgarth at the centre of the district lies 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Lerwick and an airstrip nearby is used to connect with neighbouring islands. Sites of interest in the locality include Tingwall Kirk and the Shetland Agricultural Museum.

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