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Formerly the capital of Shetland, Scalloway has a healthy fishing and seafood industry and is the location of UHI Shetland's marine science and aquaculture campus. With a population of just over 1,100, the village is centred around its thriving harbour, with the ruins of Scalloway Castle adding to the scenic views. The castle was completed in 1600 for Earl Patrick Stewart, the nephew of Mary Queen of Scots, before his execution in 1615.

Scalloway was heavily involved with the Shetland Bus, a clandestine operation which linked Shetland with occupied Norway during the Second World War. A memorial has been built in Scalloway which commemorates the fishing vessels, and crews who risked their lives to ferry weapons and people to and from Norway. Scalloway Museum is a top visitor attraction.

Scalloway Harbour is well sheltered, with three navigable channels suitable for larger vessels, with additional berth space available at the Scalloway Boating Club.

Distance from Fredrikstad: 460 NM

Distance from Lerwick: 40 NM

General Facilities for ships/crew:

  • There are a number of restaurants including Da Haaf, The KB, The Cornerstone and Hai Yang.
  • Toilets, showers and laundry facilities are available at the Scalloway Boating Club.

Sports Facilities for crew:

  • Swimming pool complex, including a main pool. a shallow lagoon for toddlers. a whirlpool and a steam room.
  • There is a 9-hole golf course at Asta and an 18-hole golf course at Dale.

Activities & Places of Interest:

  • In 2011 the highlight of the Cruise in Company event programme was a Summer Fire Festival, with a torch-lit procession and the burning of a replica Viking galley, with opportunities for visiting crews to participate.
  • Further details of the 2023 activity schedule will be published in due course.
  • UHI Shetland Campus - tours, exhibitions and meet merchant navy cadets.