Ports – Lerwick

Holmsgarth Terminal, Holmsgarth, Lerwick, ZE1 0PR, United Kingdom

Lerwick Ferry Terminal is located 2 miles from the town centre, on Holmsgarth Road in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland and home to 7,000 people. Explore and enjoy the shops, boutiques, museum, advanced leisure centre, accommodation, places to eat, pubs with live music and many other attractions.

At the Ferry Terminal, there is a Tourist Information display with leaflets and brochures and a bus stop outside.

  • Lerwick by Air
    Sumburgh Airport is located 25 miles south of Lerwick.
  • Lerwick by Road
    There is a bus stop outside the Lerwick Ferry Terminal at Holmsgarth. The bus goes into the town centre and to Lerwick Bus Station, for onward travel around Shetland. Lerwick Bus Station is located less than one mile from the ferry terminal.
    Up-to-date bus timetables can be found on the Shetland Travel Information website and displayed in the bus shelter itself. Bus timetables are also available from the NorthLink Ferries check-in desk in the Lerwick Ferry Terminal.
    Walking into Lerwick town centre will take around 20 minutes and a taxi into the town will cost around £4 depending on where exactly you want to go.
  • Lerwick by Sea
    Inter-island ferries are operated by Shetland Islands Council. Timetables for inter-island ferries are available from the NorthLink Ferries check-in desk in Lerwick.
Lifts are available in the Lerwick ferry terminal and on board

Lerwick Terminal Facilities

  • Ticket Sales & Enquiries
  • Tourist Information Stand
  • Payphone
  • Lift
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilet
Lerwick Ferry Terminal Accessibility information

Parking at Lerwick Ferry Terminal

A limited number of free parking spaces are provided by Lerwick Port Authority for both short stay and long stay parking, this being sign posted accordingly. It should be noted that the availability of long stay parking spaces is not guaranteed and overnight parking in the short stay car park is strictly prohibited.

There is a left luggage facility; bags are left entirely at owner’s risk.

Disability Shetland have all-terrain wheelchairs available for people to use in Shetland. Visit the Disability Shetland website for more information on how to borrow the chairs. The charity can drop off the wheelchairs at the Lerwick Terminal for collection on arrival in Shetland.

For departing passengers: checking in at Lerwick

Check-in at Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal in Lerwick commences two hours prior to departure. Car drivers are recommended to check in at least one hour prior to departure.

Check-in closes 30 minutes prior to departure.

Passengers are encouraged not to make bookings during check-in times as lengthy queues can occur. 

For arriving passengers: in the morning

Drivers must come down to the car deck (when called) to remove the vehicle from the ship. Foot passengers are welcome to stay onboard until 08:30 and leave by the passenger walkway.

Lerwick Ferry Terminal Opening Hours

DayOpening timesSailing times
Monday07:30 – 17:3017:30
Tuesday07:30 – 19:0019:00
Wednesday07:30 – 17:3017:30
Thursday07:30 – 19:0019:00
Friday07:30 – 17:3017:30
Saturday07:30 – 19:0019:00
Sunday07:30 – 19:0019:00

Streetview tour of the Lerwick Terminal