Aberdeen
Lerwick
Ferries to Shetland Islands
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Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry

The Aberdeen Lerwick ferry route connects Scotland with Shetland Islands. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Northlink Ferries. The crossing operates up to 7 times each week with sailing durations from around 12 hours 30 minutes.

Aberdeen Lerwick sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Ferry Operators:

  • Northlink Ferries
For more information, please visit our Ferries from Scotland to Shetland Islands page.
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Aberdeen Lerwick Ferry reviews

  • "quite uncomfortable overnight ferry"

    headed to shetland (lerwick) from aberdeen with myself, partner and motorcycle. first impression: the motorcycle parking on board the ferry is not great. they need you to park right next to a railing with the stand side towards the railing, and they tie the bike to it. for a large, heavy bike like mine, this is extremely difficult, puts weight on the fairing, and is probably completely unnecessary - other ferries just pass a tightening harness over the seat and hook it down to the deck. as a result, on the return journey, the mirror popped out of the fairing due to the pressure of being pressed against the railing. it could have ended worse, but luckily no permanent damage done this time (else i would have had to ride 250 miles home without a left mirror - scary thought!). once on board, the staff are helpful and friendly, the restaurant seems good (but we didn't order a dinner since we packed ours) and the bar had a variety of local ales on tap at very reasonable prices! our happiness ended there though. resting for the night proved highly uncomfortable as all sections had bright lighting on for the entire journey. the seats reclined a bit but there was no leg rest, so we ended up sliding down the semi reclined seats uncomfortably. we could tell by the way everyone else was trying to sleep that it was equally uncomfortable for all shapes and sizes of people! paying 2 pounds for a blanket, eye mask, pillow and earplugs is well worth it - other upgrades, definitely not! on our return journey, we learned from our experience and grabbed sofa seats, which allowed us to get some (but not much) sleep. the return ferry was also extremely overbooked, and people were sleeping on the floor as there was nowhere else for them! We were lucky to be traveling as a couple so one of us could hold the seat while the other went to the toilet/bar/stretched our legs etc, or we would have lost our spot in minutes. another grouse is the lack of charging points - on an overnight journey, people inevitably need to charge their gadgets, and the sockets seemed like they were placed for housekeeping to hook up vacuum cleaners, and not customers. there wasn't a single socket near any seat, and they were all at ground level. overall, other than the bar, it wasn't a particularly enjoyable ferry - a pity, since this is pretty much the only way to get to shetland with a motorcycle! I've heard the private suites are comfortable, but those literally cost more than a posh hotel room! also, it's a good idea to book direct from northlink as they give free changes/cancellation, which direct ferries does not (and northlink also charge much less for the ticket to boot)

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  • "Happy traveller"

    No complaints at all everything was perfect .c

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  • "Ferry "

    Very helpful staff would do anything to help you out had wee bit of sea sickness and they were right there to help you so well done to all the staff x

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  • "Excellent "

    First time travelling to Lerwick, staff were so friendly and helpful.

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Aberdeen Guide

The Granite City, as Aberdeen is sometimes called is located in the north east of Scotland, and is Scotland's third most populous city. The city's two universities help to make the city a lively place to spend time. The city also plays an important role in the North Sea oil industry with the city's heliport being one of the busiest in the world.

Aberdeen has a long sandy beach located between the River Dee and the River Don. To the south of the River Dee there are steep rocky cliff faces with pebbly beaches and deep inlets. The area is good for rock climbing and a result of some of the granite outcrops having been quarried in the past.

The city's harbour started out as a fishing port and then moved on to steam trawlers and the oil industry. it is now a major port of departure for the Baltic and Scandinavia with major exports including fertiliser, granite, and chemicals.


Lerwick Guide

Lerwick is a town and port, and capital, of the Shetland Islands which are located roughly 160 km off the north coast of Scotland, 340 km to the north of the city of Aberdeen and 370 km to the west of Bergen in Norway. The town takes its name from the Old Norse and its descendent, Norn, which was spoken in Shetland until the middle of the 19th century and means 'bay of clay'. The Norwegian name for the town is Leirvik with 'leir' meaning clay and 'vik' meaning bay or inlet. There are other towns in western Norway with similar names.

The town's port is a busy fishing and ferry port that also services that support the offshore oil industry. There is an overnight passenger ferry service to Aberdeen, that calls at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. Also, the Shetlands Islands Council operate a ferry service to Out Skerries and Bressay from a terminal in the centre of town.


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