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Cheap Flights to Lerwick

Popular in February High demand for flights, 33% potential price rise
Cheapest in November Best time to find cheap flights, 6% potential price drop
Average price £284 Average for round-trip flights in August 2020
Round-trip from £230 From London to Lerwick
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Lerwick related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Lerwick along with the rest of United Kingdom. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: The United Kingdom has not implemented any entry restrictions, but is monitoring direct flights into the country from certain areas. Several airports have suspended certain services, closed terminals, and reduced transportation schedules, so check the details of the specific airport in advance. Additionally, many airlines have grounded their planes. The United Kingdom has announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers will be in effect starting on 8 June. Freight workers, medical professionals traveling to help with the fight against coronavirus, and travelers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt from the quarantine requirement.. If you are looking to book a trip to Lerwick and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.

Cheapest prices for Lerwick flights by month

January
£300
February
£371
March
£336
April
£306
May
£276
June
£312
July
£263
August
£251
September
£278
October
£225
November
£244
December
£317
Currently, October is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Lerwick. Flying to Lerwick in February will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Lerwick?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LON - SDZ
Price
£225 - £403
SDZ
Temperature
6 - 15 °C
SDZ
Rainfall
49 - 135 mm

Lerwick is not a place to visit if you’re seeking sun. Temperatures rarely get any higher than 16C even in the height of summer, with rain falling with great frequency throughout the year. In fact, the best time to visit might just be in the middle of winter. The last Tuesday in January sees the annual Lerwick Up Helly, a fire festival that celebrates the influence of the Vikings on the islands. Expect lots of helmets, axes and drinking horns, with the event culminating in the heart-stopping spectacle of a burning Viking galley. Cheap flights to Lerwick and discounted accommodation rates will be hard to find during this popular event.

The island’s other big events are altogether less pyromaniacal, but will certainly set fire to your passions. Nothing gets Shetlanders excited as music, and six months of every year are dedicated to making the population boogie. The season is kicked-off by the Shetland Folk Festival that runs over four days at the beginning of May, before the much-loved mashup of traditional music known as Fiddle Frenzy takes place in August. September sees the sounds of the American Deep South celebrated at the Shetland Blues Festival, with things getting local again at the Accordion and Fiddle Festival in October. The season closes in November, but not before the Shetland International Guitar Festival rocks the islands with all the sound of six-string twang. And if music’s not your thing, Shetland Wool Week occurs every October, before Christmas ups the ante with a seasonal craft fair and food festival.

When is the best time to book a flight to Lerwick?

The price you pay for your flight to Lerwick may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 60 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Lerwick?

At the moment, Friday is the most economical day to take a flight to Lerwick. Sunday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Lerwick?

At the moment, flights in the evening are likely to offer the best value for money for your Lerwick trip. A flight at midday will more often than not be of higher cost.

Lerwick overview

The capital of the Shetland Islands may be off the beaten track, but those who make the pilgrimage to this isolated port will uncover a whole world of culture and intrigue that can be traced back to the Stone Age. Lerwick itself is a relatively recent addition to the area, having only been founded in the 17th century as a seaport to trade with the Dutch fishing fleet, but it fast established itself as one of Scotland’s most important northern cities. Today, Lerwick is renowned for being a welcoming and slow-paced town that boasts excellent seafood cuisine and a healthy shopping culture.

Visitors invariably use Lerwick as a base from which to mount expeditions further afield. History is a big draw, with archaeological records showing that people have called the islands home since the Mesolithic Period. The oldest attractions include Scord of Brouster, the remains of three houses, several walled fields and a cairn thought to have been built around 2200 BC. Creeping forward in time, be sure to visit Clickimin Broch, a large and well preserved stone fortress south-west of Lerwick, and the Staneydale Temple near Bixter, both dating from at least 1000BC. One final prehistoric destination is Broch of Mousa, the finest example of an Iron Age round tower in all the islands as well as the tallest in the world. So celebrated is the Broch of Mousa that historians count it among the best-preserved prehistoric buildings in Europe.

Alternatively, head to Shetland to uncover a land rich in wildlife. Catch the ferry to Bressay and visit the Noss nature reserve where puffins and even orcas are frequent visitors. Otters and a healthy population of seabirds are in residence. Outdoor types are also well catered for, with miles of rugged coastline, rolling hills and uninhabited islands all open for exploration.

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Getting around Lerwick

Due to Lerwick’s size it is easily navigable on foot, but it is recommended that visitors hire a car so they can visit the local attractions and access ferry points for trips to other islands. 

Getting from the Airport to the City

A regular airport bus service operates between Sumburgh Airport (LSI) and Lerwick throughout the day, and takes approximately 40 minutes. Private hire taxis and car rental is also available.

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