Top things to do in The North Isles

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Unst

Hermaness National Nature Reserve

At marvellous Hermaness headland, a 4.5-mile round walk takes you to cliffs where gannets, fulmars and guillemots nest, and numerous puffins frolic. You can also see Scotland's most northerly point, the rocks of Out…
Top Choice Landmark in Unst

Unst Bus Shelter

At the turn-off to Littlehamar, just past Baltasound, is Britain's most impressive bus stop. Enterprising locals, tired of waiting in discomfort, decided to do a job on it, and it now boasts posh seating, novels, nu…
Museum in Unst

Unst Boat Haven

This large shed is a boatie’s delight, packed with a beautifully cared for collection of Shetland rowing and sailing boats, all with a backstory. Old photos and maritime artefacts speak of the glory days of Unst fis…
Visitor Centre in Fetlar

Fetlar Interpretive Centre

The excellent Fetlar Interpretive Centre has photos, audio recordings and videos on the island and its history. You'll find it 4.5 miles from the ferry, by the water in the hamlet of Houbie.
Museum in Unst

Unst Heritage Centre

This heritage centre houses a modern museum with a history of the Shetland pony and a recreation of a croft house.
Castle in Unst

Muness Castle

This picturesque, sturdy 16th-century tower house in Unst's southeastern corner was built by Laurence Bruce, foud (bailiff) of Shetland, who was, by all accounts, a nasty piece of work, overtaxing locals and replaci…
Ruins in Yell


Northwest of the small settlement of Mid Yell, on the hillside above the main road, stand the reputedly haunted ruins of Windhouse, dating from 1707. It's been uninhabited since the 1920s, although there are plans t…
Museum in Yell

Old Haa Museum

This museum has a medley of curious objects (pipes, piano, a doll in cradle, tiny bibles, ships in bottles and a sperm-whale jaw), as well as an archive of local history and a tearoom. It's in Burravoe, 4 miles east…
Visitor Centre in Unst

Hermaness Visitor Centre

For tips on wildlife-watching, duck into the Hermaness Visitor Centre, near the entrance to the Hermaness National Nature Reserve. You can also learn the poignant story of one-time resident Albert Ross here.
Distillery in Unst

Shetland Distillery Company

This small producer distils the Shetland Reel gin that you see around the place. Its version infused with local seaweed is well worth a try. Their plan is to produce a single malt here too. Call to arrange a tour an…