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Scenic boat tours around Bressay and Noss
the Galathea underway
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We have, sadly, retired and no longer offer tours

but this page has some information & links that you might find useful.

Thank you to all our past guests and friends —
we enjoyed every minute of our tours!

Cruising to Shetland?

If you’re visiting Shetland on your passage, you’re in good company. Shetland is a popular destination: this yearin 2016, between the end of April and October, 80 cruise liners were scheduled to stop here. They come for the seabirds and seals, the stunning coastal scenery, the arts, the culture…the Shetland ponies!
So, welcome, cruisers! This page gives a bit more information on questions you might have before your brief visit to Shetland.

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Entering Lerwick harbour

Anchoring, Mooring and Disembarkation

Cruise liners dock or anchor at one of six locations in Lerwick:

To find out which location your ship will use, go onto the Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) website Visiting Cruise Ships page. It will give you details of where and when your cruise ship is scheduled to anchor or dock in Shetland. Please keep in mind that LPA times are local times (GMT) and your cruise liner schedule may refer to ‘ship time’, which may differ.

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Tenders at Albert Dock
on Victoria Pier
  • If your ship is scheduled to moor (dock) at Holmsgarth, buses will take you from the terminal to the centre of town, which is only 5 minutes away by bus (or taxi). Buses stop right at Victoria Pier.
  • If your ship is scheduled to anchor in the Inner Harbour or Breiwick Bay, your ship’s tenders (or ‘waterbuses’) will take you from the ship to Albert Dock, on the north side of Victoria Pier.
  • If your ship is scheduled to moor (dock) at Victoria Pier East or Victoria Pier West, you’re in luck! You’ve landed right in the centre of town, at Victoria Pier.

Boarding for Tours

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The slipway

Most tour operators board guests at the slipway (sloping ramp) in the ‘Small Boat Harbour’, on the south side of Victoria Pier, where there is a carpark. Albert Dock, where many cruise ships disembark their passengers, is on the north side of Victoria Pier. It’s a short walk across the carpark to the slipway. Buses from Holmsgarth terminal drop passengers off at the bus stop right next to Victoria Pier.
So, wherever your ship anchors or moors, it’s a very short walk to the ‘Small Boat Harbour’.
You can download our map of Lerwick harbour that shows locations of the centre of town, moorings, anchorages, bus stops, the Tourist Office and our boarding location.

OtherActivities in Lerwick & Shetland

Of course, we think a boat tour is the most interesting activity in Shetland! But there’s so much to do here, you may be spoilt for choice. If the weather’s fine, a walk around (especially around ‘The Knab’) is wonderful. The shops in the town centre are — unlike those in many British town centres — mainly small, locally owned businesses. In less–than–ideal weather, the award–winning Shetland Museum, in the historic “Hay’s Dock” area of Lerwick, is well worth a look.
There are several land–based tour operators, such as Island Trails, that provide small, personalised tours of Shetland. A tour by taxi is surprisingly economical. We recommend Sinclair’s Taxis or Allied Taxis, who have more experienced and knowledgeable driver/guides.
The two official tourist websites, VisitScotland and Promote Shetland are very good for activity ideas. Staff in the local VisitScotland Tourist Office, in the centre of Lerwick, are particularly knowledgeable and helpful.

Have a look on our links page for more ideas.

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