60°08’.00N 001°16’.34W
Scalloway was once the ancient capital of Shetland, although no longer the seat of government, it boasts a healthy fishing and seafood industry and is the location of the North Atlantic Fisheries College Marine Centre
Contact Name Davie Sandison
Telephone +44 (0) 1595 880 317 / (0) 7801 792 830

With a population of 1000 the village has retained the idyllic charm of a small fishing port and picturesque harbour, set below the ruins of Scalloway Castle. The castle was built from 1595 - 1600 by Earl Patrick Stewart (nephew of Mary Queen of Scots) who was executed for treason in 1615.

Scalloway Harbour is a sheltered spot with three navigable channels and ample modern quay space for larger vessels and additional berthing space at the lively Scalloway Boating Club.

There is a strong link to the past and the Shetland Bus Memorial commemorates the Norwegian fishing vessels and crews who bravely ferried people and weapons between Scalloway and occupied Norway during World War II.

The Scalloway Summer Street Party will be happening during the week from 16-21 July, featuring a wide range of traditional and modern music, dance, drumming, and community events. During this time the Fraser Park Open Day will bring the whole community out to welcome the visiting ships and provide a feast of fun and games for young and old.

Scalloway is a gateway to explore a huge diversity of Shetland landscapes, beaches, history and wildlife.

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage Yes
Berthing Depth 6.5 - 7m
Pilot Available Yes
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 472 Lerwick 42

Harbour Conditions

  • West Face Quay - Length 120m • Depth 7.0m
  • South Face Quay - Length 120m • Depth 6.5m
  • South East Face Quay - Length 133m • Depth 6.5m

Further Port Information

Unforgettable long weekend planned in Scalloway

Scalloway, once the ancient capital of Shetland, and now a small, picturesque fishing port has an energetic community spirit at its core. As a guest harbour of the Tall Ships Races, they have organised a wonderful line-up of events, which will showcase the charms of the village, its healthy seafood industry – and also demonstrate that they very much know how to host a party.

For three days from 15 – 19 July, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The arrival of the Tall Ships Races coincides with their annual Summer Street Party, so visitors will be treated to traditional and modern music, dance, and other community events.

Day events and tours (Friday 15 – Tuesday 19 July)

  • Official opening – watch as the newly crowned Gala Princess and her attendants open the event, accompanied by the Edinburgh Postal Pipe Band.
  • New Scalloway Museum – a special Maritime Exhibition, showcasing ‘The Shetland Bus’ which operated between Norway and Scalloway during World War II together with an extensive display of maritime artefacts.
  • NAFC Marine Centre Tours – take a tour of the state-of-the art facilities, including a chance to try out its bridge simulator.
  • Scalloway’s Annual Piano Bashing contest – yes, it’s as odd as it sounds, but not to be missed! Watch the ‘strong men’ from neighbouring Burra and Scalloway battle it out in this very original event!
  • Tall Ships Football Challenge – some friendly inter-island rivalry. Who will you support: Scalloway or Stromness?
  • Children’s activities – there’s a whole host of activities to interest the kids, from inflatables, entertainment, storytelling and the gala pet show.
  • Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair – sample some delicious local fare and buy local crafts.
  • Paddling in ‘Spirit Dancer’ – a wonderful opportunity to take a paddling trip aboard this visiting 40-foot traditional North American canoe.
  • Waterfront Stage – an all day music programme on the Main Street, showcasing Shetland’s wide array of musical talent plus Scalloway’s resident DJ.
  • Traditional Music and Dance – head to the Muckle Yard on Saturday for a day of traditional music and Shetland folk dancing.

Evening events

The Summer Street Party will bring the centre of the village alive and will be a focus for all the musical entertainment. The Waterfront Stage will guarantee to keep you on your toes until midnight every evening and the Gala Survivors Concert at the Boating Club promises to be a cracker of an event, with an eclectic range of music lined up, including Caithness band the Chicken Pickers as well as traditional folk from locals May & Mackie. There’s also the Family Night Concert and Popeye’s Charity Fundraiser featuring music from local and visiting artists.

The Summer Fire Festival on Monday will mark the spectacular climax of what’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend. Jarl squads from the past seven years will march in the parade, led by the Edinburgh Postal Pipe Band, along with all the regular squads. Ships’ crews and visitors are also invited to take part in the procession and join the squads as they carry flaming torches through the streets behind the galley to the burning site.

For further information on events, please contact:

Davie Sandison
Tel:  01595 880317

Available For Crews


  • Guided Tours - Scalloway Castle,
  • NAFC Marine Centre
  • Local boat tours to Scalloway Isles
  • Scalloway Summer Street Party and Gala, with many musical and community entertainments
  • Fraser Park Open Day - Community fun and games
  • Scalloway Boating Club - Party for visiting ships and crews
  • Scalloway Art Trail

Sports Facilities

  • Fraser Park Sports ground, in village - Free entry
  • Swimming & Leisure Pool
  • Youth Centre
  • Shooting Range
  • Asta 9 hole golf course (1 mile)
  • Dale 18 hole golf course (3 miles)

General Facilities

  • Fuel and water at quayside
  • Local grocery shops
  • Slipway, engineering and craneage available
  • Showers at Swimming Pool,
  • Boating Club and Fraser Park
  • Scalloway Boating Club (laundry facilities) & Local Hall
  • Licenced Premises
  • Meals at Scalloway Hotel, Da Haaf
  • Restaurant and Kiln Bar Café
  • Castle Café Chinese Takeaway