Around 500 visiting yachts a year call at Lerwick, with many of the crews from the UK, Scandinavia, the Continent and further a-field exploring Shetland's 1,700 miles of spectacular coastline.
The requirements on arrival varies depending on where you have sailed from. The latest requirements when arriving in Lerwick can be found here:
Download our Lerwick Harbour Guide to prepare for your visit
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.
Lerwick Boating Club will be open to visitors during the sailing season. Visiting crew members can enjoy access all hours to showers and laundry washing/drying facilities all of which are operated with £1.00 coins. The Club offers also offers free Wi-Fi, in a comfortable bar and club room. Contact Lerwick Port Authority to obtain a clubhouse key. Laundry services can also be purchased at Mansons Laundry and Dry Cleaner.
Exploring the local area and beyond
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