Lerwick Port Guide

The Lerwick Port in Shetland Isles, Scotland serves the northern portion of Britain and lies between the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea. A new elevated passenger walkway has been constructed to accommodate roll-on, roll-off ships. There are two entrances in the Lerwick cruise terminal and the port has been home to commercial vessels like fishing ferries.

The Bressay Sound, Lerwick’s natural harbor started out as a trading port among Dutch herring fishermen. It is best to visit Lerwick during the summer as the long daylight hours allow tourists to explore the city for extended periods. 


There are two main shopping areas in Lerwick; the old Town Street nearby the port and the new Tollclock Shopping Center, 15 minutes away from the town center.

Jewelry stores offer handcrafted accessories at an affordable price. J.G Rae’s is the town’s oldest and established jewelers. The Shetland Arts and Crafts displays and sells the works of Shetland’s local artists. Other jewelry shops worth visiting are The Burra Bears Shop and Hnoss Jewelry. Custom-made candles can be ordered at the Beltain Candles store in Guberwick.

You can also beat the summer heat by having an ice cream along Commercial Street courtesy of the Shetland Fudge Company. Souvenir items like postcards can be bought at the Donna Smith Designs and Howard Towll Shop. The Victoria Gibson Knitwear sells knits at wholesale prices.

Things to See

Fort Charlotte overlooks the Commercial Street and offers an excellent view of the harbor at night. The Victorian Town Hall is often visited by tourists because of its stained-glass windows depicting Shetland’s history. Across the town hall is the Shetland Museum where the island’s artifacts are displayed including the famous St. Ninian’s Isle Treasure. You can also drop by at the Clickimin Broch, another fort that was built as early as 700 BC.

The Scalloway and Muness Castles are open to the public and features the town’s fine architectural details. An exhibition of eighteenth century furniture and artifacts can be seen at the Bod of Gremista. The booth is also the birthplace of Arthur Anderson, co-founder and owner of P&O cruises.

You can also see costumes, relics and photographs of the unique festival in Shetland at the Up-Helly-AA Exhibition. A replica galley is burned down to the ground after a long procession in the streets.

Restaurants and Bars

Modern Scottish dishes in an informal atmosphere are served at Monty’s Bistro & Deli, located at the town center. The Raba Indian Restaurant is known for their curries. They are situated right in the heart of Commercial Street. Pancakes and coffee are house specialties at the Osla’s Café. A beer garden is also available at the café.

The New Golden Coach Restaurant offers freshly prepared food that is MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)-free. Thai cuisine is served at the Great Wall Restaurant along Commercial Road.

Posers at the Grand Hotel is the only nightclub in town. Most locals recommend the upstairs bar in the Lounge for drinks, located near the tourism office on Mounthooly Street.

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