Coast terrain and a secluded bay in Scotland

Cruise to Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland

Lerwick is a seafaring town with a proud maritime and Nordic heritage. It's the only town on Scotland's Shetland Islands, which were a part of Norway until the 15th century. Originally a fishing village before becoming a major herring port, the town's harbor today is dotted with sailing ships, private yachts and boats. Explore the Shetland Museum to learn more about the islands' complex geology and see artifacts from the Iron Age and Viking era. Explore the rocky coastline and rolling green landscape by bike on the North Sea Cycle Route, and catch glimpses of the famous Shetland ponies roaming the open countryside. Cruise to Lerwick, Scotland and relax after your day of active adventure by toasting a pint at Lerwick Brewery.
National Language English, Scots
Currency Accepted Pound Sterling (GBP)

Things To Do in Lerwick/Shetland

A vintage textile loom

Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Vintage textile loom

Be Tempted by Textiles

Be Tempted by Textiles

Learn more about the heritage textile skills unique to these islands at Shetland Textile Museum. The museum's collection includes hundreds of items, dating from 1870 to 2016. These include Shetland lace, Fair Isle knitting, Shetland Taatit rugs and woven tweed. The museum also has tools, papers and patterns on display.

A man bicycling on a road in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland

Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Bicycling on Road

Cycle the Isles

The North Sea Cycle Route runs through Norway, Scotland, England, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. Visit one of Lerwick's bike hire companies and spend a day exploring the coastline along the section of the North Sea Cycle Route that stretches through the island during your Norway cruise. There are signposts around Shetland for directions.

Sliced black pudding on a fresh salad

Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Black pudding on salad

Local Cuisine

Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant is a waterfront dining option, located inside the award-winning Shetland Museum and Archives. Fjara Cafe Bar is also on the waterfront; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fjara focuses on local produce. Here you'll find, pork, leek sausage, black pudding and espresso to satisfy your cravings. Lerwick Brewery is a family-run business with four beers on constant rotation.

An assortment of Scottish wool

Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Scottish Wool


Shetland Museum and Archives' gift shop also has Shetland-theme books and maritime souvenirs. The Shetland Times Bookshop stocks both an array of books and gifts. On Commercial street, you'll find shops selling handcrafted homeware and items made from Shetland lace and wool — including hats, sweaters, scarves and even jewelry.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Unless you want to cycle the North Sea Cycle Route, Lerwick's top attractions are within walking distance of each other.
2 Lerwick's average summer temperature is 54 degrees Fahrenheit, so pack warm layers for year-round travel.

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