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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…
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…
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…
Museum in Unst

Skidbladner Longship

Unst has the highest concentration of Viking longhouse sites in the country. The Viking Unst project manages three excavation sites, and has as its centrepiece this replica Viking longship. A recreated longhouse is …