Holiday rentals in Lerwick

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Popular amenities for Lerwick holiday rentals

Stay near Lerwick's top sights

Shetland Museum & Archives27 locals recommend
Fjarå Café Bar17 locals recommend
The Lerwick Hotel3 locals recommend
Peerie Shop Cafe21 locals recommend
The Dowry21 locals recommend
Co-op Food - Lerwick4 locals recommend

Quick stats about holiday rentals in Lerwick

  • Total rentals

    40 properties

  • Wifi availability

    40 properties include access to wifi

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    10 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Family-friendly rentals

    20 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    2K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    £57 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Lerwick

All About Lerwick

The Shetland Islands make up the northernmost point in the United Kingdom, and this Scottish archipelago, where the white spray of the North Atlantic batters the islands’ high cliffs, is as awe-inspiring as it is rich in history and legend. Lerwick, the capital of the islands and mainland Shetland’s port, is no exception. The city is set on a steep hillside running up from the shore. The heart of its cultural life lies in a concentration of historic buildings at the centre of town, a conservation area called the Lanes. This is where you’ll find most of its liveliest cafes, shops, and restaurants, as well as an impressive Victorian town hall.

Lerwick’s central location in the archipelago makes it the perfect base for exploring the Shetlands, which are closer to Norway and the Faroe Islands than to many parts of the United Kingdom. You’ll come across many opportunities here for learning about the islands’ distinctive culture, touring the remnants of Viking settlements, and exploring the stunning natural terrain.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Lerwick

Due to the islands’ location in the far north, it never gets very warm in Lerwick, even at the height of summer. The upside is that daylight hours are very long in June and July. By contrast, the winter months of December and January are very dark, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, the temperature rarely drops below freezing, even in midwinter. It can be cloudy and rainy at any time of the year in Lerwick, so pack accordingly. During winter, the Shetlands make the most of the darkness with spectacular fire festivals. Up Helly Aa takes place in late January, when thousands of people carry flaming torches through the streets to burn a replica of a full-sized Viking ship. The city celebrates midsummer with a carnival parade of floats and colourful costumes.

Top things to do in Lerwick

Shetland Museum & Archives

At the Shetland Museum & Archives, you’ll find an interactive exploration of the museum’s significant collections that tell the fascinating story of the archipelago’s heritage and culture. Here you can step into a traditional 19th-century thatched crofthouse and discover archaeological finds from Viking times.

Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte was built in the mid-17th century, when Lerwick was undergoing a transformation from a collection of wooden huts to a stone-built town fit to be the capital of Shetland. The five-sided waterfront fortification was constructed to protect the town from Dutch and French warships, but its guns have never been fired in violent defence. Fort Charlotte has been reconstructed to show what it would have looked like in the 1780s. From the ramparts, you’ll find spectacular views over Bressay Sound.

The Lodberries

The lodberries are an iconic feature of the Lerwick waterfront. These stout, dark stone buildings and wharves, constructed in the 18th century to land and store goods arriving by sea, are a vital part of the town’s heritage and give a good impression of what Lerwick must have been like in previous centuries.

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