Port information

Cruise passengers enjoying the view from Lerwick's historic Fort Charlotte (c) Lerwick Port Authority (image by John Coutts)


With its own intrinsic beauty and deep water sheltered harbour, Lerwick is one of Scotland’s top cruise destinations. Located midway between Faroe, Norway and the Scottish mainland, the port accommodates ships up to 240m length alongside. Larger ships anchor in the harbour with passengers just minutes away by tender from a modern landing stage and welcome ashore pavilion located in the heart of Lerwick's town centre. Shetland is renowned for its Scandinavian and Scottish heritage, archaeological sites, spectacular seabird colonies, diverse marine life and distinctive native breeds. The islands have a rich Viking heritage and are also home to the world-famous Shetland Pony. Amongst the attractions are excursions to Mousa, an island which boasts the best-preserved Iron Age broch in Scotland and Jarlshof, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites ever excavated in the British Isles. A warm and friendly Meet and Greet service is provided to passengers and crew on arrival.

Port attractions

  1.  Tammie Norrie & Historic Vista

    Adventure to the south Shetland mainland where an Iron Age Broch, spectacular cliff top views, archaeological sites and wildlife, including seals and seabirds, await.
  2.  Silver & Stone Vista

    Popular tour to the central & west Shetland mainland. Visit Shetland's former capital, Scalloway, with its impressive castle. Shetland Ponies, Jewellery and spectacular views on way back to Lerwick.
  3.  Flora, Fauna & Bird Vista

    Spectacular rugged coastal vista, incorporating wild flower meadows, Shetland Knitwear and panoramic seabird cliff views and Shetland's first lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson in 1821.
  4.  Mousa Broch Vista

    Adventure tour including a passenger ferry trip to the Island of Mousa. Walking across the island you will experience wild flowers, seabirds, seals and the world’s best preserved Iron Age Broch.
  5.  Scenic Volcanic Vista

    Head northwest through peat and heather covered landscape to Voe, with its Scandinavian influence, Brae, and Mavis Grind, where the North Sea almost meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Port views

Lerwick Port Authority (image by John Coutts)
Lerwick Port Authority (image by John Coutts)
Lerwick Port Authority (image by John Coutts)

Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Max. Air Draught, M:
More Info Air Draught:
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
Over 4.5km
Quay Depth, M:
To -12m C.D.
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
Tugs Available:
on request
Tidal Movement/range, M:
0.8m Neaps; 1.6m Spring
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
on request
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Open loop
✔ Closed loop
✔ Hybrid loop
Marpol compliant systems.
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
Early stage development to match industry need.
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
✔ Road tanker (truck) on the quay
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
In the future
OPS (Onshore Power System) - Comments
Early stage development to determine requirements.
Shore power within the next 5 years
On request
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Melanie Henderson, Cruise & Marketing Manager
Albert Building
ZE1 0LL Lerwick, Shetland
Scotland, UK
+44 1595 692991


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Page last updated: 2023-09-20 13:25


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