• Date Cruise Ship PAX
    Apr 22 2024 Silver Endeavour 200
    Apr 24 2024 AIDAsol 2686

    The Port of Lerwick

    Welcome to the port of Lerwick

    This guide is tailored for cruise passenger visiting Lerwick.

    General Port Facts

    Lerwick, a picturesque port in the Shetland Islands, welcomes you with its rich maritime history and charming landscapes. Make the most of your limited time to experience the unique culture and natural beauty.

    Touristic Information

    Explore Lerwick's quaint streets, lined with traditional houses. Discover local crafts, visit historical sites like Fort Charlotte, and enjoy breathtaking views of the North Sea.

    Transportation Options

    Discover nearby attractions easily with various transportation options:

    • Scalloway - 8 km (5 miles), 15 minutes by bus
    • Shetland Mainland - Explore the main island, distances vary, 30 minutes to 1 hour by bus
    • Eshaness Cliffs - 24 km (15 miles), 40 minutes by bus
    • Scalloway Castle - 8 km (5 miles), 15 minutes by bus

    Local Foods

    Savor local delicacies, including Shetland lamb, fresh seafood, and traditional bannocks. Visit local cafes for a taste of authentic Shetland cuisine and warm hospitality.

    Top 5 Attractions

    1. Fort Charlotte - Explore this historic fortress, entrance fee: approximately £5
    2. Shetland Museum and Archives - Dive into Shetland's history, entrance fee: approximately £7
    3. Breivik - Enjoy panoramic views of Lerwick and the surrounding islands
    4. Clickimin Broch - Visit an ancient stone structure, entrance fee: free
    5. Lerwick Town Hall - Admire the architecture and local exhibits, entrance fee: free

    Nice to Know Facts

    • Lerwick hosts the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival, a spectacular Viking-themed event.
    • The Shetland Islands are home to a diverse range of bird species, making it a haven for birdwatchers.
    • Lerwick is a hub for traditional Shetland music and dance.

    Local Customs

    Respect local customs, and don't be surprised if you're greeted with a friendly "Shetland wave" from locals. Shetlanders are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature.

    Fun Things for Children

    • Up to 6 years old: Visit the Shetland Museum for interactive exhibits.
    • 7-12 years old: Explore Fort Charlotte and imagine life as a pirate.
    • 13-18 years old: Join a guided bus tour to discover the islands' scenic beauty.

    Google Maps

    Explore the location near the cruise port on Google Maps.

    Main Tourism Office Website

    For additional information, visit the official Shetland Tourism website: Shetland Tourism.


    Notice: Content and travel advice presented is created by a port moderator and/or AI, courtesy of ChatGPT. It is specifically designed for cruise passengers visiting this port of call. A port moderator could be a local individual, destination expert, port authority, or a tourism agency. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, we recommend that you verify critical information like visas, health and safety, customs, and transportation with official sources before departure.