Lerwick is Shetland’s largest port and the capital of the Shetland Islands, which lie more than 100 miles roughly northeast of the Scottish mainland.
Lerwick is Shetland’s largest port and the capital of the Shetland Islands, which lie more than 100 miles roughly northeast of the Scottish mainland. The town’s population accounts for almost a third of the whole of the Shetland Islands, although Lerwick’s rise came relatively late in Shetland’s history, only becoming the capital during the 17th century. Although a busy fishing and ferry port, as well as serving Shetland’s aquaculture and agriculture industries, Lerwick Harbour also plays host to vessels involved in the significant offshore oil industry close by, and this is often a reason that business travellers come seeking serviced apartments in Lerwick.
Arriving to stay in Lerwick accommodation, it is quite possible that you will fly into Sumburgh Airport, which lies about 20 miles south of Lerwick on the southern tip of Mainland, Shetland’s largest island. There is another airport even closer, Tingwall Airport, which can be found less than 5 miles to the north-west of the town. Tingwall airport, however, only runs seasonal shuttle services between locations around the islands. The other main means of public transport into Lerwick is the Northlink ferry service, which runs overnight to and from Aberdeen.
Even in these northerly latitudes, Lerwick is a warm and welcoming town which, despite the relatively small population of less than 7000, maintains a good range of services that includes two large supermarkets and a separate wholefoods shop, a leisure complex with swimming pool, gym and health suite, squash courts, a bowls hall and a large main hall with various uses, including as a conference centre.
Whether on a long or short stay in Lerwick, you will find that there is plenty to do and see, both in the town itself and if you are prepared to travel around Mainland and beyond. Just to the west of town, the pleasant spot of Clickimin Loch has an eighth century Pictish fort known as Clickimin Broch, which is located close to its southern shore. This type of dry stone fortification is unique to Scotland and its islands. Shetland Museum and Archives sits by the water in the centre of town and provides an excellent history of the islands. While about 16 miles to the south, a very different sort of museum can be found in the Croft House Museum, a 19th-century Shetland croft and living museum that shows visitors how those making their home in the islands at the time managed in what could be an unforgiving environment. Finally, it’s worth trying to take a wildlife tours while in the area, notably the boat tours available to see the seabirds and seals.
Again, for a town its size in a relatively remote location, Lerwick has plenty to offer in terms of eating out options. The majority of eateries are conveniently concentrated along the Esplanade and Commercial Road, with a huge variety of choice including cafes, bars, traditional British food, fish restaurants, Thai, Nepalese, Cantonese and more.
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