The Tall Ships races return to Lerwick in July 2023 bringing thousands of people together for four days of celebrations, sharing culture and international friendship.

26-29 Jul 2023
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The waiting is almost over and the Tall Ships return to Lerwick is just around the corner.

Between 26th and 29th July 2023, dozens of Tall Ships will arrive in Lerwick Harbour, with the port becoming a hub of activity and entertainment for the visiting crews, tourists and locals alike.

For the vessels participating in Tall Ships 2023, the journey started in Den Helder, Netherlands, before making their way to their first UK port, Hartlepool, and then on to Fredrikstad, Norway.

The leg from Fredrikstad to Shetland is part of the more leisurely 'Cruise in Company'. Instead of racing to Lerwick, the ships will have the chance to stop at guest harbours to enjoy local hospitality.

Some of the superb marinas around Shetland are preparing for that, providing an excellent chance to showcase the best of the islands, as well as other ports in Scotland. Keep checking the Tall Ships Lerwick website for the Cruise in Company schedule.

What the Tall Ships' return means for Shetland