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 replacing their elected officials with his cronies. It's an atmospheric visit; grab a torch from under the information panel to explore.

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2. Fetlar Interpretive Centre

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3. Skidbladner Longship


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4. Shetland Gallery

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Not far from the ferry to Unst and Fetlar, this gallery has rotating exhibitions of Shetland artists and craftspeople.

5. Unst Boat Haven

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6. Unst Heritage Centre

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7. Shetland Distillery Company

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8. Hermaness Visitor Centre

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