Why go to Lerwick (Shetland Islands)?
A charming Scottish port with excellent local seafood and an abundance of wildlife
It can get chilly -- even in the summer months -- so pack accordingly
This historic port is packed with stunning scenery, friendly locals and a bounty of delicious local fare
Lerwick (Shetland Islands) Cruise Port Facilities?
The small port harbor provides a few warm welcomes, like traditional Shetland music upon arrival and a “Meet and Greet” service to passengers from local representatives. If you're parked too far for walking comfort, the authority offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the town center for easy exploration. The main shopping areas, restaurants, bars, pubs and attractions are all located in the main Lerwick town center.
Good to Know?
The famed Shetlandic accent, which almost sounds like a dialect you'd hear in "Game of Thrones!"
On Foot: Nearly all of Lerwick's main attractions are within a seven-minute walk from the port. In addition, shuttles are available to and from town if you're unable to walk.
By Inter-island Flights: Operated by Direct Flight, the inter-island flight service makes it easy to hop over to Shetland's other remote islands. The airport is just six minutes from the center of town and can be reached by shuttle or taxi. Even if you're just going for a short trip to another island, the aerial views from above are truly spectacular.
By Inter-island Ferry: Shetland Islands Council operate an inter-island ferry to and from the larger islands with the Shetland mainland. The ferries operate all around the archipelago, from Lerwick up to Gutcher, Belmont down to Fair Isle. The longest ride, to and from Fair Isle, takes four hours and 31 minutes each way. The ferries run to the closer islands every one to two hours and depart Monday to Sunday. Domestic fares start at ?5.30 per adult, making this an affordable (and picturesque) way to see the other islands.
By Bus: Buses are by far one of the most dependable and affordable options to get in and out of Lerwick, with service throughout the main archipelago. Bus schedules and fare information can be found at the tourist office or right outside the bus terminal.
By Taxi: Taxis can be found throughout the city and most drivers speak English. If you want to book a private taxi tour outside of Lerwick, Allied Taxis can take groups of eight and offers a guide.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Lerwick's currency is the British pound. For up-to-date exchange rates, visit www.xe.com. Most ATMs are found in front of the banks, inside the Tesco supermarket, at the Sound Service Station and at the Toll Clock Shopping Center. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards, but it's safe to bring ample cash for eating and sightseeing just in case.
English is the language -- spoken with a local, Shetlandic twang. In addition to Shetlandic, Gaelic -- the Celtic language of Scotland -- is also spoken among some residents.
Where You're Docked?
Since the port itself is still relatively small, most ships dock either right alongside town or just a few meters away. Regardless of your parking spot, the town is within walking distance, and a large landing stage and welcome ashore pavilion will serve as a great meeting point. The port authority can also be reached by taxi or bus if you plan an excursion away from Lerwick. If you're not able to walk, a complimentary shuttle to and from town is available.