Lerwick harbour is a modern port, with versatile facilities serving a wide range of users.
At the crossroads of the North Sea and North-east Atlantic, Lerwick Harbour is Britain’s “Top" port – the most northerly commercial harbour in the country. With two entrances, the sheltered, deep-water port is open to shipping in all weathers and operates around the clock, handling over 5,000 vessels annually.
Lerwick, the main town and capital of Shetland, dates from the 17th century. Sheltered by the neighbouring island of Bressay to the east, it has an excellent natural harbour attracting visitors from all around the world. As the main seaway to Shetland's many attractions, Lerwick provides a great starting point for cruising around the islands and a springboard location for vessels sailing to and from Scandinavia.
Lerwick Port Authority’s investment in recent years has included expanded berthing and improved access, safety and services for yachts which berth mainly in the town centre where modern pontoons give access at all stages of the tide. Larger yachts use the harbour wall, and there are no restrictions on size of craft.
Electricity connections, fresh water and refuse disposal are available. Showers and laundry facilities are nearby. Services also include wi-fi access, fuel at a dedicated berth, boatyard repairs, slipway, chandlery, electronics and sail repair.
The town centre has locally owned shops selling jewellery, local arts and crafts, confectionary, books, traditional and contemporary Shetland music, plus other high street essentials. The Port Office, banks, restaurants and bars are all within easy walking distance, along with visitor information, car hire and excursions.
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