Lerwick ferry port in Shetland Islands is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Aberdeen & Kirkwall available. With a selection of up to 10 Sailings Weekly, the port of Lerwick connects Shetland Islands with Scotland & Orkney Islands.
Sailing durations range from 5 hours 30 minutes on the Kirkwall service to 12 hours on the Aberdeen service.
Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Lerwick fare search.
Regarded by some as ‘Britain’s Top Port’ Lerwick is one of the most northerly ports belonging to the UK, laying around 160 km off the north coast of mainland Scotland. The only ferry routes operating from Lerwick are to other coastal cities in Scotland, with daily sailings to Aberdeen and three sailings per week to Kirkwall.
Due to the relatively small area and its geographical location, Lerwick harbour is the main industry for the region. There is a maritime feel to the entire town; fishing and the ferry industry bring in much of the revenue, and the port holds many boating events per year which attract tourists who have an active interest in maritime.
Away from the port, the mountains and hills surrounding Lerwick are prime for embarking on an afternoon stroll; the views are stunning and the sea breeze makes for a refreshing change of pace. There are a couple of museums that are worth a visit, and of course the restaurants serve excellent seafood at reasonable prices.
The town is so small that most places are within walking distance; the town centre itself is particularly compact. There are also taxis available for quicker and more convenient transport.
Lerwick Ferry Terminal is located 2 miles from the town centre, on Holmsgarth Road in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland.
Lerwick Bus Station is located less than one mile from the ferry terminal. Bus services in Shetland are provided by the Shetland Islands Council and operated by various local operators.
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Lerwick Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Lerwick Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!