Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands. It is located on the main island, Shetland.
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Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands and is also the islands' main port, providing ferry services to both Scotland and Norway. Destinations include Scrabster, Stromness and Aberdeen as well as Hanstholm. Lerwick also has the distinction of being Scotland's most northerly town.
Home to around 7,000 people, Lerwick is small by mainland standards but is an important hub for the islands. There has been a settlement on the site of Lerwick for more than 3,000 years and today is home to the islands' main hospital and only higher education institution, Shetland College.
Lerwick remains an important port for both the offshore oil industry and the fishing industry. Given these businesses and the large residential population, it is no surprise that the town is the Shetland's main centre for van hire, with a range of popular types of van available: