Infobox UK place
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Lerwick is the only
burghand main port of the Shetland Islandsin Scotland, found more than 100 miles (160 km) off the north coast of mainland Great Britain. Lerwick has a population of approximately 6,830 residents ["Shetland in Statistics", Shetland Islands Council, 30th Edition 2003.] and is by far the northernmost town in Scotland. Lerwick is about 210 miles from Aberdeenand 230 miles from both Bergenin Norwayand Tórshavnin the Faroe Islands.
Lerwick lies on the east coast of the
Shetland Mainland. It was founded in the seventeenth centuryas a herringand white fish seaport, and still thrives as a fishingand ferryport. The harbour is also busy with vessels supporting the offshore oil industry. Ferries from Lerwick sail to Kirkwallin the Orkney Islands, Aberdeen, Fair Isle, Out Skerriesand Bressay.
Lerwick is the focus of most events in Shetland, including the largest of the annual
Up Helly-Aa fire festivals.Significant buildings in Lerwick include Fort Charlotte, Lerwick Town Hall, the Böd of Gremistaand Clickimin Broch.
Local independent radio station
SIBCbroadcasts daily from Lerwick. Shetland College, a constituent partner institution of the UHI Millennium Institute, is also based in the town, offering degree-level education (and other further education courses) to locals who unsurprisingly find it difficult to study further afield. In the village of Scalloway, another UHI institution, the North Atlantic Fisheries College, offers courses with a marine bias. The next closest university-level institution is the University of Aberdeen, a twelve hour boat journey away. The Gilbert Bain Hospitalprovides secondary careservices to all of Shetland.
Lerwick is a name with roots in Old Norse and its local descendant, Norn that was spoken in Shetland until the mid-19th century. The name "Lerwick" means "bay of mud". The corresponding Norwegian name is "Leirvik", "leir" meaning "mud" and "vik" meaning "bay" or "inlet".
Lerwick has a friendship agreement with
There are several churches in Lerwick, including:
*Adam Clarke Memorial Methodist Church (a congregation of the
Methodist Church of Great Britain).
*Assemblies of God.
*Baptist Church, Clairmont Place. [http://www.lerwickbaptist.org.uk/]
*Emmanuel Christian Fellowship.
*St. Columba's Church - one of three buildings of
Lerwick and Bressay Parish Church(part of the Church of Scotland). [http://www.shetlandcommunities.org/lbpc/]
*St. Magnus Church, Greenfield Place (part of the
Scottish Episcopal Church). [http://www.stmagnus.org.uk/]
*St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church.
Leirvik- a harbour on the island of Stordin Norway
Leirvík- a harbour on the island of Eysturoy, one of the Faroe Islands
Smyril Line(international ferry service), but no longer serving Shetland after 2007
* [http://www.shetlopedia.com/Lerwick Shetlopedia.com - Lerwick Pages]
* [http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/dialects/nis.html Listen to recordings of a speaker of Lerwick Scots]
* [http://www.scotlandontv.tv/?channel=Town+and+Country&clipid=1380_SMG114 Weir's Way visits Lerwick]
* [http://www.shetland.gov.uk/council/documents/sins2006.pdf Shetland in Statistics, published by Shetland Islands Council 2006]
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