Lerwick is a naturally deep and sheltered port, protected by the neighbouring small island of Bressay, and can be approached from the north or south entrance to the harbour.
Lerwick Port Authority own and manage all the port areas dedicated for berthing the Tall Ships, as well as the main event site areas at Victoria Pier and Holmsgarth. Victoria Pier is the oldest of the harbour areas operated by Lerwick Port Authority, having been opened in 1886.
The Pier is located in the town centre adjacent to the main retail and hospitality area on Commercial Street. Alongside Victoria Pier are Albert Wharf and Alexandra Wharf where additional berthing and quayside facilities are available.
Further along the shoreline, the Holmsgarth quayside area will also be a primary berthing location for ships, adjacent to the main stage event site where the opening ceremony will take place alongside musical and other entertainment.
All quaysides have provision of fresh water supplies and arrangements for waste water removal, fuel deliveries and refuse disposal/recycling by agreement. A range of single and three phase power supplies are availble at different locations.