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Takes its name from the Old Norse, Leirvik, or muddy bay but we think it's more beautiful than that!

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You might wonder where is Lerwick? The capital of the Shetland Islands is located 60 degrees north between Norway and the north coast of Scotland and is the perfect starting point for exploring the rest of Shetland.

Head north for a weekend break or holiday in Lerwick and explore this pretty harbour town. Wander around the quirky lanes made famous by Jimmy Perrez in the BBC Shetland TV series. Don’t miss the headland of the Knab and its stunning coastal views.

There are some great 21st century attractions and plenty of things to do too in Lerwick. Step back in time at the Iron Age broch of Clickimin, spot seabirds and seals while on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay or enjoy traditional Shetland music. Support local businesses in Da Street, which has some great independent shops, with everything from authentic knitwear to local crafts and gifts, and a vibrant restaurants and bars scene.

So start planning your perfect Lerwick holidays now!

Lerwick Travel Information

Getting here 

Shetland may be the most northerly point of the British Isles, but it is also surprisingly accessible.

Take a direct flight to Sumburgh Airport with Loganair from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, Kirkwall with connections from Birmingham, Belfast City, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Teesside. From there you can hire a car or get a bus to Lerwick. You can also start your adventure with a safe and comfortable overnight crossing from Aberdeen or Kirwall with Northlink Ferries arriving in the heart of Lerwick itself.

Travel to Shetland by ferry

Travel to Shetland by plane

Get to Lerwick

Check out Loganair Fly Safe simple steps to healthy flying and 12 ways to travel safely with NorthLink.

Getting around

Lerwick is quite a small town, so getting from A to B is very simple and you can walk everywhere. If you want to travel around Shetland, the journey is just as fun as the destination itself. You could jump on a plane, go island-hopping between the isles on a ferry, or whizz around empty roads by car or bike. Shetland is part of the National Cycling Network and the North Sea Cycle Route passes through the islands, and the inter-ferry service and inter-islands flights which take off from Tingwall are frequent, fast and used as much by the locals as they are visitors.

Travel around Lerwick by bus

Travel around Shetland using inter-island ferries

Travel around Shetland using inter-island flights

Get to know Lerwick and Shetland

You can find out more about where to visit in Lerwick, how to get around and plan the perfect break on Plan your trip around Lerwick