Lerwick is a major port and the capital city of Scotland's Shetland Islands. It is located on Mainland Shetland and is UK's northernmost. Founded on fishing industry and with tough Viking connections, today little remains of the old Lerwick village. Gray buildings dating from 17th century line the flagstone streets of this extraordinary town. Learn its history at Shetland Museum, which houses a unique collection of Pict and Viking artifacts. Also visit the Town Hall, Victorian-Gothic building which dates back from 1884. Its nice stained-glass windows depict some Norse sagas. Other sights of interest include Cromwellian Fort Charlotte, Shetland Croft Museum and Up-Helly-Aa, annual Norse fire festival held every January.
On island's southern tip is the ancient site of Jarlshof. Elsewhere on it is Clichimin Broch, another historic site which contains a massive Pictish fort, dating from 100 BC and set on a little island in a loch.
- The first ever cruise ship docked at Lerwick Harbour's new GBP 16,5 million cruise pier (Holmsgarth North jetty) was the Viking Ocean Cruises ship Viking Star (max capacity 930 passengers) June 12, 2017.
- Lerwick Port Authority announced a record-breaking cruising season in 2017 with a total of 76 scheduled cruise ship calls and around 62,000 passengers booked to visit the town in 2017. The increase was 22% over 2016. Due to the new pier, the overall cruise vessel gross tonnage increased by over 18% - to almost 2,6 million tons.
- During season 2018, the cruise port reported a record year with handled 91 ship calls and 90,336 passengers (78% increase over 2017). Of the 91 calls, 11 were maiden port visits, including port's ever largest liner MSC Meraviglia (built 2017, length 315 m, max capacity 5390 passengers plus 1400 crew).
- For 2019 were booked 115 ship calls (including 12 maiden), which is 25% increase over 2018, and expected 92,000 passengers.
Lerwick cruise terminal
On October 22, 2014, Lerwick Port Authority announced port's ever biggest investment in a new pier construction project. It benefits the local fishing, oil shipping and cruise tourism industries. The GBP 16,5 million (USD 20 million) project was for building a new multi-purpose jetty at Holmsgarth North. For the construction works, the port contracted Tulloch Developments Ltd.
The new Lerwick Harbour's jetty is L-shaped (see on the above photo) and provides deep-water docking (berthing) for marine vessels and also more area for the local fishing fleet. The quay's outer arm creates a dock that shelters the new whitefish market (at Mair’s Yard). The new quay is also suitable for docking of offshore industry ships.
Construction works started in December 2014, with completion scheduled for Fall 2016. The new jetty extends 800 m (2625 ft) and has max draft (alongside water depth) of 10 m (33 ft). This port redevelopment project reinforced Lerwick’s future as a major UK fishing port and the industry's key contribution to the Shetland Islands economy, along with Mainland Shetland's oil and gas supply industry.
During Holmsgarth North quay's construction, the fishing fleet used Mair’s Quay for berthing and as working area. Mair’s Quay was completed in 2013 and is the site for the new whitefish market, which construction started in early 2016.
There are plans for harbour dredging (to increase port's max draft / vessel capacity) and building a new deep-water cruise berth (in downtown).
Port Lerwick cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The Lerwick cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Lerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland.
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