As a gateway for over 60,000 passengers from cruise ships annually, Lerwick Harbour makes a major contribution to Shetland's important tourism industry.
Lerwick has long been a port-of-call for cruise ships which have arrived in record numbers in recent years. With up to 80 ships and over 60,000 cruise passengers in a single season, Lerwick is one of Scotland's top destinations, ideally located midway between Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway and the Scottish mainland and Europe.
Cruise ships up to 230 metres in length berth alongside (conditions dependent), while larger ships anchor with passengers just a few minutes away by tender from a modern landing stage and welcome ashore pavilion located in the heart of Lerwick's town centre. The small 1.7 metre tidal range facilitates ease of transfer.
Local flavour is provided by a warm and personal onboard and onshore 'Meet and Greet' welcome service to cruise passengers and crew, complemented by traditional Shetland music on the quayside. For passengers on ships berthed outside the immediate town centre area, a shuttle bus service to and from the town centre is also available.
The main shopping areas in Lerwick are close to hand and provide relaxing and pleasant shopping excursions for cruise passengers and crews.
The islands’ many attractions for visitors include the fantastic five-star Shetland Museum and Archives, located at a restored historic dock on the Lerwick waterfront.
Welcome from the Sea
If you are a visitor arriving by sea to Lerwick Harbour, please browse our welcome leaflets below: