Lerwick is Shetland’s Capital and only town with a population of about 7500. It has been growing slowly during the decades. Today Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities only usually found in much larger places on the British mainland.The extensive leisure and entertainment facilities provide warm hospitality to visitors.

The old waterfront is thronged with pleasure boats, visiting yachts, historic craft and working fishing boats. There’s a variety of lively bars and clubs, ranging from popular “theme” bars to more traditional hostelries.

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Travel by plane

Sumburgh Airport, the main arrival point for flights into Shetland from the Scottish mainland, sits at the southern tip of the islands, 25 miles (ca. 40 km) from Lerwick. Flights from Scottish airports, with connections further afield, are operated frequently by Loganair. During the summer, some direct flights to and from Bergen in Norway are also available.

Ship location in Lerwick