Lerwick is the only town and main port of the Shetland Islands, found more than 100 miles off the north coast of Scotland. It has a population of approximately 6,900. Lerwick is the most northerly town of the British Isles. Lerwick is located on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland. It was founded in the seventeenth century as a seaport, and still prospers as a fishing and ferry port. The harbor is also occupied with vessels supporting the offshore oil industry. At its heart was Commercial Street, parallel to the shore and enclosed by buildings on both sides, like Stromness in Orkney. Entrance to the sea was through the gaps between the buildings on the seawards side of the street, which led to wharves and piers. An impression of how this once looked can be seen at the south east end of Commercial Street.
Get all the Scottish history of Lerwick at the
Shetland Museum. See how the city has grown and turned into such a tourist
Go to downtown Lerwick and see the many shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance from anywhere in the city.
Visit Fort Charlotte the fort was built in 1781. It was named Fort Charlotte after the wife of King George III. It is a historic site to see.