Lerwick is the capital of Shetland and, as the main centre for visiting yachts, it is often the first port of call. Lerwick Port Control keeps a 24 hour watch on VHF Ch 12 and visiting craft should contact the duty Port Controller on that channel before entering the harbour.
Visiting yachts can use the floating pontoons situated in the town centre, at Victoria Pier and Albert Wharf. You are welcome to use Victoria Pier North pontoon in Albert Dock when not in use by tenders from cruise ships. Dates of use by tenders are displayed on the pontoon and Lerwick Port Authority's Reception at Albert Building. Pontoons are available from April to September.
Upon arrival in Lerwick Harbour you should first register with Lerwick Port Authority at Albert Building where you will pay your Harbour Dues. Yachts arriving from a non- UK port, require to complete a UK Border Force Form.
A visiting yachts welcome pack detailing the facilities and services at the Port is available on request and can be downloaded via their website.
Facilities in Lerwick
This bustling town has all you need when making a Shetland landfall - a tourist information centre, customs, a coastguard station, helpful staff at Lerwick Port Authority, ship chandlers, supermarkets and licensed grocers specialising in marine supplies. If you have a problem, there′s a shipyard, skilled repair engineers and a lifeboat station.
Just a step along from Victoria Pier is Lerwick Boating Club, where visiting crews are always welcome to take a hot shower, use the laundry and enjoy a drink at the bar with its fine view of the harbour. The key for the club′s showers, toilets and laundry is usually available by arrangement from the Lerwick Port Authority Office at Albert Building on the Esplanade.
The club runs a busy summer programme of sailing races for dinghies and the famous ′Shetland Model′ skiffs. Visitors are welcome as spectators or participants.
Lerwick Marina is situated at Gremista, at the north end of Lerwick Harbour, about 2km from Lerwick town centre. It is run by the Marina Users Association, with whom an arrangement can be made to use a vacant berth for longer, temporary stays. Each pontoon is accessed by a security gate and water and electricity supplies are available.
There is a slipway and a hoist for craft up to 12 tonnes; alternatively, yachts of up to 1.8m draft can dry out alongside. Car and trailer parking is available just outside the marina. Winter storage ashore can be arranged with Lerwick Port Authority.