Lerwick, Scotland, UK Cruise Port

There's always something a little magical about sailing to the United Kingdom, and the cruise port of Lerwick, Scotland is grown from Norse roots. The main hub of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick is more than 100 miles from mainland Scotland. With all of 7,500 residents, the town is both the most easterly and most northerly in Shetland. The first humans are thought to be around 3,000 years old, with settlers arriving around the 17th century to trade herring and white fish with the Dutch. Fort Charlotte was also built around this time, with other permanent structures cropping up around the shoreline. The cool oceanic climate creates industry focused on fishing, and it's also a busy ferry port for service vessels. It’s also a town where lovely handcrafted goods are in abundance, from lace to cashmere knitwear. Here are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Lerwick, Scotland, UK:
 
  • One of the more modern attractions in the midst of all the history is the Shetland Museum and Archives. Located at Hay's Dock, the two gallery floors focus on the history of Shetland, featuring an extensive photo archive. Hay's Dock Café Restaurant utilizes local produce as much as possible and has a lovely view of the harbor.
     
  • Brochs are Iron Age structures found only in Scotland, and the Broch of Clickimin (or Clickhimin Broch) is a well-preserved archaeological tower. It has been restored, as the original broch dates to around the 7th century B.C. It's a good place to get some fresh air and learn about early Shetland settlers.
     
  • You might not think this looks like a governmental building, as the Lerwick Town Hall is striking both inside and out. Built in the late 19th century, its position on a hill is meant to convey a feeling of power. The stained glass windows inside are pieces of art, with each telling a different story.
     
  • For a break from all the history, visit the Lerwick Brewery. The friendly staff is happy to give you a tour and tasting, while explaining why Shetland's climate is perfect to create the perfect beer.
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