If you have free time ashore in the town, our page on Lerwick provides a brief introduction. Directly inland from Victoria Pier is the Esplanade and, just beyond that, the very picturesque main street, Commercial Street. You’ll find shops selling such things as authentic knitwear, jewellery and – a more recent innovation – locally-made soap. If the weather is fine, we recommend a stroll along the south end of the waterfront, past the Queen’s Hotel, where you’ll be able to see some of the old traders’ homes with attached stores, known as lodberries. In the other direction, it’ll take you about seven or eight minutes to walk from Victoria Pier to the very enjoyable Shetland Museum and Archives, which is well worth a visit.
If you’ve docked at Holmsgarth, it’s about a ten-minute walk to the museum and another few minutes will take you into the old town.
If your ship calls at Scalloway, you’ll find the Central Mainland page a useful starting point. We’d recommend a visit to the Scalloway Museum and Scalloway Castle, and a wander along the waterfront is very pleasant.
If you are visiting Fair Isle, we have a page about the island but you may also like to visit the island’s own website.