Small Ports Information


Symbister Pier

Symbister Pier Photo

In Whalsay, Symbister is a handy stopover for cruising yachts sporting both a marina and pier, as well as a suitable anchorage in North Voe, providing shelter from South Westerly winds.
While the marina may not have a berth, the pier offers first class berthing for up to around 20 visiting boats. The area is a busy fishing harbour so yachts should be careful not to interfere with normal harbour traffic; particularly during August when the Outer Basin is occupied by pelagic trawlers.
The approach is clear and well lit, however fairly strong currents both North and South of the entrance should be noted.

Harbour Data

Position 60 21' N 01 02' W
Chart Reference 3284
North Coast of Scotland Pilot section ref 6.229
Fisherman's Pilot N&W Scotland  
Berthage 450 metres
Water Depth 6.0 to 5.0 metres
Tidal Date (estimated)

MHWS = 2.1 MHWN = 1.6
MLWS = 0.3 MLWN = 0.9

Tidal Differences Approx time of high water from Lerwick = minus 0015

Services Available

  • Symbister can offer water, ice, stores and fuel from bunker tank.
  • Minor welding repairs can be carried out.
  • There is truck and ferry access to Shetland's Mainland, with major town services and fishmarket 28 miles away by road and ferry.
  • Net mending facilities are also available.