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About Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

The main port of Shetland Islands, the Lerwick Island has the third largest settlement on an island in Scotland. The literal meaning of the word ‘Lerwick’ is ‘bay of clay’. The island offers wonderful views and several activities on the island attract hundreds of tourists to visit Lerwick and use the car hire at Lerwick Shetland Islands Airport to travel to the famous and historic places across Lerwick Island. Most of these tourists continue to the other islands in Shetland. For your journey to Lerwick Island, we have some tips, based on the experiences of others, to save you from the hassles of traveling in using car hire in Lerwick Shetland Islands.

 

 

 

Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

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Basic info and car hire in Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

  • Location: Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Population: 6958
  • Official language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Weather: The weather remains only cold enough in Lerwick region that tourists love to visit the place. When you visit the place using car hire in Lerwick Shetland Islands, you would notice that the rain happens there frequently and the weather is romantic most of the time. The coldest month is January with a lower average of 2 degree Celsius while the upper average of 6 degree Celsius. The hottest month is August with a lower average of 11 degree Celsius while the upper average is 15 degree Celsius. November happens to be the wettest month with 140mm of rain.
  • Public holidays in Lerwick Shetland Islands: Most tourists prefer to plan their trip to Lerwick Islands considering the office holidays. If you wish to do the same, you may check this website.
  • Internet coverage: Lerwick is a small community and it offers rarest yet richest environment. Since it is not so large a place, you may experience a limited internet connection at your hotel rarely. However, most shops and restaurants have good Wi-Fi connections. Moreover, there are 713 free internet hotspots all across the Lerwick islands.
  • Road conditions: The standards at which roads are built in Lerwick islands are surely high, but the standards for maintaining the roads are even higher. The roads are divided into geographical areas and each area comprises of a maintenance engineer. This, as a result, gives you a wonderful driving experience in the Lerwick Islands.

Driving in Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

On the one side, the well-maintained roads make it easy to drive in roads free of potholes, there are many single-track roads in Lerwick, which is where you’d be needing to drive defensively, retaining a certain speed limit. Other possible problem may be sheep and ponies, which you may encounter on a road; in case you hit one accidentally, reach the nearest shop, garage, or a police station. On the other hand, using car hire in Lerwick Shetland Islands gives the best chance for traveling to your favourite places at your terms, whenever you like. Another positive aspect is the well-maintained roads in Lerwick islands, which make the driving easy, and the UK regulations in the region make the driving even easier.

  • Age limits: The minimum age for driving in Scotland is 18, but the cut off for being eligible to hire a car varies among different car rental companies, if you wish to avail car hire in Lerwick Shetland Islands. Most car rental companies have the minimum age of 21 for being eligible to hire a car.
  • International Driving Permit: People from a European Union country are allowed to drive any vehicle listed on their license. Those from outside of Europe can drive a small vehicle (a car or a motorbike) for up to 12 months with only having the driving license from their country.
  • Additional papers: When driving your own car you must have vehicle registration, car ownership and insurance documents. If you wish to drive in the Lerwick islands for more than 6 months (during the 12 month period), it is required that you know the rules with the number plates, since some symbols are not allowed to be used in the UK.
  • Additional requirements: When using car hire in Lerwick Shetland Islands, be sure to get the car rental certificate/document in place of the vehicle ownership document.
  • Children in the car: Children under the age of 14 years are required to be restrained suitably in addition to wearing the seatbelt. All the children must be wearing a seatbelt, whether in the front seat or the back.
  • Driving side of the road: Left hand side.
  • Lights: The UK traffic lights system is implemented in the Lerwick Islands.
  • General speed limits: In built-up areas, the speed limit is 48 km/h while it is 96 km/h in the outside built-up areas. The general speed limit on motorways and dual carriage ways is 112 km/h.
  • Parking suggestions: It is always convenient to look up an available parking spot at Parkopedia.

What to see in Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Lerwick Islands present to the travellers wonderful options for boat tours, hiking in vast, clear, and beautiful mountains overseeing vast landscapes, and a number of specialty museums and architectural landmarks. Lerwick Islands overlook stunning views of water, allowing for exclusive Kayaking and Canoeing experiences.


Our favourite spots

Mousa

It is best to compliment your visit to Lerwick islands with a visit to Mouas by a boat trip. In addition to the remarkable views of the beach and the surroundings, you can walk up to the top of a Broch from the Iron Age. The path to the top is uneven and stony, but the views from the top are breath-taking.


Here you can check the available parking options for online booking near Mousa.

Shetland Museum and Archives

The Shetland museum caters for people with different areas of interest in the history, all from decades away in the past. The information is portrayed well visually as well as in written form. Most of the times, there are events and talks going on in the museum which inform the visitors about the history of the Shetland region. The museum presents a vast collection in a comprehensive manner, taking the visitors many centuries back.


Check and book a suitable parking spot for yourself near the Shetland Museum by visiting this website.

Clickimin Broch

The Clickimin Broch is a large house built with stones and it takes you back to the Iron Age. Get hold of your binoculars and see the wildlife down in the beautiful, lush green fields. The place is best for a family visit or as a sightseeing visit for a couple.


You may choose a suitable parking option (paid or unpaid) and book at Parkopedia.

Croft

A small yet surprisingly interesting place, Croft House Museum is nothing else but pure historical place, representing the life in 19th and 20th century. If you ever wondered how the lives were back in the 19th, 20th centuries, this place spread over only a few square feet will allow you to see it all yourself; from the houses made of stones to the peat fire (used in tough weather).


Find yourself a parking spot at Parkopedia, and in case there aren’t any close by, you would definitely find few a small walk away.

Hotels in Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

The Lerwick Hotel

Overseeing a wonderful bay in a soothing, calm environment, the Lerwick Hotel offers a serene environment and beautiful rooms that are furnished with all the necessities for living comfortably during your stay in Lerwick.

Glen Orchy

Glen Orchy provides luxurious, comfortable, and well equipped rooms with a complimentary breakfast. The rooms have modern interior designs yet complimenting the historical importance of Lerwick. The hotel has a payable parking as well.

Kveldsro House Hotel

The family run Kveldsro Hotel features great customer service and a warm and friendly atmosphere in a comfortable setting. The hotel also runs wonderful deals on its official Facebook page, where complete packages are offered for a great price.

Maryfield House Hotel

Situated on the Island of Bressay, the Maryfield House Hotel is the finest choice for a history aficionado. Besides, the hotel provides luxurious rooms with excellent hospitality. The hotel has its bar and a very good restaurant.

Drive your rental car around Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Lerwick is a small island, rich in history and it is unparralleled in offering remarkable views of the bay area with several excursios and traveling options staying in a range of only a few kilometers. However, Shetland has a lot of other areas that deserve your attention. So, use the car hire in Lerwick Shetland Islands and travel beyond the boundaries of Lerwick island.

Where to eat, drink and party in Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Golden Coach

The Golden Coach offers a range of food items from many different countries in a peaceful atmosphere at reasonable rates, and definitely ensuring value for money. The restaurant has Malaysian, Korean, Thai, and Chinese cuisines.

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Hay’s Dock

The restaurant has locally sourced food that comes with a friendly environment and super-efficient staff. A large collection of menu choices makes the restaurant a suitable place for people with different eating choices.

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Indian Ahar

The Indian Ahar Takeaway presents authentic Indian food whose spices are the highlights of every item. The restaurant has an easy to read, on-screen menu which warrants a smooth overall experience. If you’re in Shetland and you wish to challenge your taste buds with some classic indian spicy food, Indian Ahar is the place for you.

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Fjara Espresso Bar

Fjara Coffee is a highly reputed and very famous eating place in Lerwick. At Fjara espresso Bar you will experience a modern, trendy atmosphere with exceptionally good food and wonderful service, which is the reason that you may find the tables filled. However, it is advised to check the peak time on the Google maps and choose a suitable time if you wish to avoid the crowd.

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Major events and festivals in Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

The history of Lerwick and that of Shetland, in a broader perspective, entitles these places to be the destinations for many cultural and national festivals, attracting several hundreds of foreign tourists as well.


Shetland Folk Festival

The folk festival starts on 3rd of May and ends on 6th. The exact dates may vary each year. For more detailed information, please visit the official website.

The mega-folk festival attracts the best local and visitor musicians who are there in the festival to give their exclusive performances. 

Unst Fest

The event continues for 8 day, in the second and third week of July.

A collection of many events happens in the UnstFest including skating, scooters and bikes, cooking, guided walk, summer carnival and several other unique events. 

Nature Festival

The Nature Festival is organized at the end of July and continues for near a week till the first week of August.

The nature festival goes with its title, featuring several events that contribute to cherishing the beauty of the nature.

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