Car Hire Lerwick
Find your perfect hire car in LerwickArrive in Lerwick and collect the keys of your Avis hire car to begin your journey. The Shetland Islands are excellent for a road trip and the best sites are only a drive away.
Plan your journey from LerwickLerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands and home to around a third of the total population. As the islands’ main port, fishing culture and tradition dominate the region, and there’s also some fascinating ancient history to explore.
Fort Charlotte, nestled on the city’s eastern edge, dates back to 1781, but fortifications have been on the site since as early as 1665. With fantastic views of the city and harbour, it’s a popular stop for visitors.
Commercial Street is a ‘must-see’ attraction, boasting beautiful 18-century houses along the waterfront, while Hay’s Dock is the location of the Shetland Museum and Archives. A hall with old boats hanging from the ceiling is a highlight, but the museum also displays arts and crafts from across the ages.
Drive a short distance to Clickimin Loch, which is perfect for an afternoon picnic or swim in the tranquil waters when the weather is warm. There is a circular stone broch, or tower, here that is said to be one of the best-preserved in the UK, dating back to the 7th century BC.
If you’re visiting in early January, you’ll be able to witness the famous Up Helly Aa festival. This elaborate winter tradition involves a procession of volunteers clad in Viking armour, and culminates in the torching of a longship.
With your Avis hire car, the attractions of Lerwick and the surrounding areas are easily accessible.
Beyond LerwickBehind the wheel of your hire car, you can enjoy the wealth of experiences that the Shetland Islands have to offer.
Just 45 minutes south of Lerwick is Old Scatness. Witness the influence of ancient communities on this island nation. Discovered in 1975, Old Scatness is an ancient village and Iron-Age broch that has been occupied on and off for a period of 2,000 years.
This National Nature Reserve, located around 30 minutes from Lerwick, is home to an array of wildlife including puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, skuas and fulmars. In the surrounding waters you might also catch a glimpse of the harbour dolphins and otters that sometimes play beneath the waves.
Sumburgh Head is on the southernmost tip of the island and a 45-minute drive from Lerwick. This rocky point is a nature reserve and is capped by a lighthouse. Visitors can learn more about the island and spot orcas.
With your Avis hire car, the nature and history of the Shetland Islands is yours to discover.