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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Unst

Hermaness 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 see Scotland's most northerly point, the rocks of Out Stac…
Top Choice Landmark in Unst

Unst Bus Shelter

At the turnoff 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, num…
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 re-creation of a croft house.
Castle in Unst

Muness Castle

This picturesque, sturdy 16th-century tower house in the island'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 r…
Brewery in Unst

Valhalla Brewery

At the Saxa Vord complex, Valhalla brews the most northerly-made beer in Britain, including its Island Bere, a throwback to original ale made with an indigenous variety of barley. Ring to arrange a tour, which inclu…
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. The plan is to produce a single malt here too. Call to arrange a tour and/…
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 re-created longhouse is…
Museum in Unst

Hermaness Visitor Centre

For tips on wildlife-watching, duck into the Hermaness Visitor Centre, near the reserve’s entrance. You can also learn the poignant story of one-time resident Albert Ross here.
Cafe in Unst

North Base

Tucked away in the former RAF base, this spot produces artisanal chocolates and also has a pleasant cafe that doles out lunchtime comfort food to frozen walkers and birders.