Lerwick

Lerwick is the capital and main port of the Scottish Shetland Islands, which are located more than 100 miles off the north coast of mainland Britain.

A wonderful stopover for nature-lovers and history buffs

Lerwick is the capital and main port of the Scottish Shetland Islands, which are located more than 100 miles off the north coast of mainland Britain.

The area has strong ties with the Scandinavian countries, particularly Norway, and this is reflected in Lerwick’s street names.

Lerwick represents a wonderful stopover during your MSC cruise vacation for everyone from families and walkers to nature-lovers and history buffs. Art enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the special landscapes and unique light of the Shetland Isles, which have encouraged numerous painters and sculptors, and this tradition is reflected in the many excellent local art galleries.

Why not pay them a visit and take home a very unique vacation souvenir? Leave your luxury MSC ship and head off into the wild countryside around Lerwick, which is home to some of the greatest archaeological sites in the British Isles.

Jarlshof is a settlement that includes 4,000-year-old Stone Age hut, an Iron Age ‘broch’ and a large Viking village and makes a great day out for everyone. Another fascinating day trip is found at the Shetland Crofthouse Museum, a reconstruction of life in a thatched homestead 100 years ago.

If you’re spending the day in Lerwick, combine lunch and a spot of shopping with a walk round Fort Charlotte, built in 1781.

For these and more excursion ideas, consult our complete list of day trip packages; we will take you to the most interesting spots and ensure you enjoy the best deals on local attractions, to create a memorable day off the MSC ship.

Cruise to Lerwick - UK - Northen Europe - MSC Cruises

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Lerwich harbour welcomes up to 25,000 cruise passengers to Shetland a year. Ship anchors in Bressay Sound.

Port average temperature

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Average high °C5567911131311976
Average low °C1122579108632
 LER01 - ISLAND TOUR (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Your excursion will start with a bus transfer through Lerwick, the only town in Shetland that dates back to the 1600’s. We will arrive in Scalloway, the former capital of Shetland. Here you will visit Scalloway Castle, built in 1600 by the ‘tyrant’ Earl Patrick Stewart. Free time to walk along Main Street and admire the waterfront before leaving the town and journeying on through the Tingwall Valley and through peat and heather covered landscapes and Shetland’s largest plantation of trees. En route back to Lerwick, take the opportunity to capture some of the views of the many islands that make up the Shetland archipelago. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 LER02 - JARLSHOF & SOUTH COAST (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Leave Lerwick, a Shetland town that dates back to the 1700’s and travel to the south of the Shetland Mainland. You will see the limestone community of Fladdabister and have time to take pictures of the world’s best preserved Iron Age Broch, on the island of Mousa. We will continue with a visit to Hoswick where you can visit Laurence Odie Knitwear and the Hoswick Visitor Centre or enjoy free time along the unspoilt seafront. We will cross the 60° North line of latitude to the rugged Atlantic coast where we can admire the view of St. Ninian’s Isle and listen to tales of Pictish treasure as we look over the white sandy beaches. At Jarlshof, Europe’s most complex archaeological site, we will travel through 4,000 years of Shetland history ranging from the New Stone Age up to the 1600’s. Before returning to the port, hear legends about Shetland’s culture and heritage along the way. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 LER03 - WALKING TOUR (1.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Start your excursion in the heart of Lerwick old town at Victoria pier where we will journey 200 years back in time. A leisurely stroll uncovers the delights of Lerwick including the Lodberries, a group of XVIII century buildings and warehouses, Market Cross, the imposing Tolbooth and the town’s intricate web of lanes. Your walk will continue to Lerwick’s elegant Town Hall and on to Fort Charlotte which has dominated Lerwick since the late XVI century and from where you can enjoy panoramic views across the harbour to the island of Bressay. Shop in Lerwick for quality crafts and knitwear before returning to the ship. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $38.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 LER05 - ST. NINIAN'S ISLE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Situated on the banks of Clickimin Loch in the town of Lerwick, the amazing Clickimin Broch – a Pictish fort built around 3,000 years ago – will be the first stop on this half-day tour. After viewing this important monument of historical Scotland, or perhaps simply watching the mallards, teal ducks and other waterfowl that call the loch home, Shetland’s sparse, craggy landscape then provides a stunning backdrop for the second leg, the coach ride to Bigton, a small village by the sea. Leaving your coach for a while, you can enjoy a short walk to the so-called St. Ninian’s Isle, which is actually tied to Mainland Shetland by a sliver of sediment called a tombolo. Once accessible only when the tide was out and populated until 1700, the island is now inhabited only by a thriving colony of rabbits, a flock of sheep and countless seabirds. A guided walking tour across the sands will take you to the remains of a church that is believed to be Norse. The views of sea stacks, the dramatic coastline as well as the isles of South Havra and Foula in the distance are truly spectacular. The tour then draws to a close with a scenic coach ride back your ship. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 LER06 - SPECTACULAR NORTHMAVINE, RUGGED LANDSCAPE & VOLCANIC CLIFFS (approx. 4 hours 15 minutes) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Discover Mainland Shetland’s dramatic countryside, picturesque villages, rugged scenery and some of the most amazing coastline anywhere in the United Kingdom on this coach-based tour. First up is the Northmavine peninsula, the northernmost part of Mainland Shetland whose only land access is via the Mavis Grind isthmus. At its narrowest point, this is the only place in the UK where you can toss a stone from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean. Then it’s on to the Tangwick Haa Museum, a late 17th-century house built for the first Cheyne of Tangwick, a local laird. The artefacts found in the museum will tell you a lot about the harsh realities of life on Shetland in the past. Next up is Braewick Café for refreshments and unique views of the famous sea stacks known as “The Drongs”, followed by Esha Ness Lighthouse, which was built by uncles of Robert Louis Stevenson in 1929. You can either stay at the lighthouse and enjoy the views from there or take part in a short walk along the cliffs to see some of Shetland’s most amazing scenery, various seabirds and geological forms, including sea stacks, natural arches and caves. Your return journey back to Lerwick then brings the tour to a close. Please note : guides available only in English. This tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.