Lerwick is the commercial and industrial centre of Shetland and also the hub of a busy cultural and social life. Most of the cruise ships passing through Shetland will call in at this bustling town.

There is an experienced meet and greet team who provide a warm and friendly welcome quayside, and are ready to assist with any questions passengers might have. Also provided by Lerwick Port Authority is a complimentary shuttle coach service connecting cruise berths at Mair's Pier and Holmsgarth 5 with Lerwick town centre. A welcome leaflet and traditional music quayside are also part of this service. On special occasions, passengers may even catch a glimpse of a Viking from the Up Helly Aa festival.

You'll find lots of services and amenities in Lerwick, including the tourist information centre, shops to buy gifts and souvenirs, a post office, banks and public transport services. Lerwick is also the main pick-up and drop-off point for tours and trips throughout Shetland.

There are lots of places to eat and drink in Lerwick, including The Dowry and the Peerie Shop Cafe, which all serve up local produce and are located in the town centre. Tourist attractions include Clickimin Broch, the Lodberries, Shetland Museum and Archives and Mareel, the town's main arts venue.

See our Attractions page for more details of things to do in Lerwick and, for details of activities based in Lerwick, such as the Lerwick Brewery Experience, use our Activity Finder.

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Lerwick Harbour is managed by Lerwick Port Authority - for more information about the port, including a list of visiting cruise ships, visit their website