Lerwick may mean ‘muddy bay’ in Old Norse but there’s nothing damp or gloomy about this thriving seaport. Take a guided walking tour of the town and learn all about its history and most iconic buildings.

The town centre

Lerwick is centred around the Market Cross and the main shopping precinct, Commercial Street, which has been the main street in the town since the early 1700s. Here you can buy souvenirs and items like traditional knitwear, music, crafts and artisan chocolate.

Life in the Lanes

Explore the network of lanes that lead off from Commercial Street up to Hillhead, where the middle classes moved to in the late 19th century, building spacious town houses and public parks. At the top of Hillhead, you’ll also see Lerwick Town Hall. Built in 1884 – when Hillhead was the highest point in Lerwick before it expanded – it is home to Shetland Islands Council and a popular wedding and concert venue.

Visit ‘Shetland’ locations

Fans of the TV series ‘Shetland’ will be able to see locations used in filming, including the home of Jimmy Perez, located in the historic south end of the town and which was once a merchant’s store, home and workshop.

Shetland Museum

If there’s time on your tour, Shetland Museum is definitely worth a visit. Here you’ll discover much more about our islands’ rich and diverse history, plus there’s a gorgeous gift shop where you can stock up on souvenirs.

More information

The advantage of taking an official shore excursion in Shetland is the security that should the unexpected happen while you are touring the island, then your guide will be in direct communication with the locally-based shore excursion company, who will be assisting on the day of your visit.

Speak to your cruise line shore excursions provider for more details on what options are available.

Fair Isle North Lighthouse
Fair Isle is one of the best places to watch seabirds at close range, especially Puffins which will walk right up to you if you sit quietly.

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