Freight ferries to Lerwick

Lerwick is the main port for the Shetland Islands and is 100 miles to the north of Scotland. Lerwick is sited on the east coast of Mainland Shetland. Lerwick Port is the UK’s most northerly freight and passenger ferry harbour. There are daily freight ferries to Lerwick which sail from Aberdeen.

NorthLink Ferries operate the Aberdeen to Lerwick sailings. Ferries depart from Aberdeen at either 17.00 or 19.00, depending on whether the service is scheduled to make a stop at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. In the summer months four sailings a week call at Kirkwall.

Freight ferries to Lerwick are modern roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships offering full passenger amenities which include a choice of cabin classes, bars, a self-service cafeteria and a cinema. Freight ferries to Lerwick disembark at Holmsgarth, one mile north of the town centre. The harbour here is sheltered and offers service throughout the year.

Bookings for freight ferries to Lerwick can be made online or by phoning +44 0845 6000449. Advance ferry reservations can give good discounts. Ferries to other Shetland Islands, such as Bressay, depart from Lerwick Port. The port at Lerwick is a modern facility with tourist information and left luggage services.

Passengers arriving on freight ferries to Lerwick are only a short distance from Fort Charlotte, lots of churches, the Bod of Gremista Fishing Museum, pubs, shops and cafés and the local fish processing factory. The Lerwick Port is adjacent to the island’s principal north-south road, the connecting route for most destinations on Mainland Shetland.

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