Lerwick Port Authority

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Visiting Yachts

Around 500 yachts a year call at Lerwick, with many of the crews from the UK, Scandinavia, the Continent and further a-field exploring over 1,600 miles of Shetland's spectacular coastline.

Lerwick is a great place to meet-and-compete for entrants in annual international events – the long established Bergen-Shetland Races, starting in Norway, and the more recently-introduced Triangle North Sea Challenge or 1000-mile Doublehanded Race from The Netherlands.  

The Port Authority’s investment in recent years has included expanded berthing and improved access, safety and services for yachts which berth mainly in the town centre where pontoons give access at all stages of the tide. Larger yachts use the harbour wall, and there are no restrictions on size of craft.

Electricity connections, fresh water and refuse disposal are available. Services also include wi-fi access, fuel at a dedicated berth, boatyard repairs, slipway, chandlery, electronics and sail repair. Please visit Shetland Marinas to find comprehensive details of other Shetland pontoon berths. Please note that Lerwick Boating Club is currently closed, so there are no showers and laundry facilities available. 

Information for your visit 

Please take a moment to read our Guide for Visiting Yachts to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. 

Skippers are advised to contact Port Control prior to arrival to establish current status of local facilities, by telephone to +44 (0) 1595 69 2991 or email: ptcontrol@lerwick-harbour.co.uk  

Exploring the local area and beyond

Returning to Boating in the local area - Guidance for recreational vessels and pleasure craft.    

Shetland Marinas - Information about sailing in Shetland waters, facilities available and useful local contacts.   

Sail Scotland - digital brochure - A guide to sailing destinations in Scotland and the Northern Isles, with information on facilities and services available for water sports, cruisers and boat owners. 

Welcome Anchorages latest digital brochure  A guide for shore facilities, mooring and berthing at 125 locations around Scotland and the Northern Isles. 


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