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Lerwick, Shetland Islands

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Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Lerwick is the capital and main port of the Shetland Islands, Scotland, located more than 100 miles (160 km) off the north coast of mainland Scotland on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland. Lerwick is about 210 miles north of Aberdeen, 230 miles west of Bergen in Norway and 230 miles south east of Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands.
Post townSHETLAND
Administrative CountyShetland Islands
Traditional CountyShetland
OS GridHU4741
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Region
CountryScotland
Police AuthorityNorthern Scotland
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHighlands and Islands
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01595
Population7,500
 

Other names by which Lerwick, Shetland Islands has been known in the past

Leir Vik

Lerwick, Shetland Islands in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Lerwick, seaport town, police burgh, par., and capital of the Shetland Islands, on E. coast of Mainland, on Bressay Sound - par., 5653 ac., pop. 4772; police burgh, pop. 3854; town, pop. 4045; P.O., T. O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Lerwick possesses a fine harbour, with easy access both from the N. and S., and has steam communication with Kirkwall, Wick, Aberdeen, and Leith. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) On Bressay island, E. side of entrance to Lerwick, is a lighthouse 53 ft. high, with revolving light (Bressay) 105 ft. above high water and seen 16 miles. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the fisheries. New harbour works (pier, esplanade, and wharves) were opened, June 1886.

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