Unst | Paul Turner

About

The northernmost inhabited island in Britain is home to a vibrant and welcoming community and no wonder, with nationally-important nature reserves, golden beaches, a wealth of Norse heritage, and award-winning events. The rugged landscape is home to rare plant life and stunning coastal scenery making it well worth the trip.

Famous For

  • Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain’s most northerly point, Hermaness National Nature Reserve is a clifftop haven for thousands of breeding seabirds including fulmar, gulls, shag, gannet, puffin and kittiwake.
  • UnstFest is an award-winning, week-long festival in July that celebrates all things 'Unst' with a huge variety of activities, events, walks, workshops and entertainment for all ages.
  • The island is home to remains of at least 60 longhouses, the highest density of rural Viking sites anywhere, including in Scandinavia!

Ask an Islander

  • Bobby's Bus Shelter is no ordinary bus shelter, having been decorated, furnished and equipped over a number of years now by who knows who.
  • The Keen of Hamar nature reserve may look like a stony waste ground at first glance but look closer to be rewarded with a delicate carpet of tiny and often very rare plants.
  • Unst boasts two Up-Helly-Aa fire festivals each year, at Uyeasound and at Norwick, complete with torchlit procession and galley-burning, before partying the night away in the local hall.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Shetland Visitor accommodation

Visit Unst - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Unst at the links below

Visit Unst

Promote Shetland

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


You will need to travel via Mainland Shetland and Yell to reach Unst. Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

Once you are on Mainland Shetland, take the ferry operated by Shetland Ferries from Toft to Ulsta on Yell. Bus connections (Service 24Y) are available from here to Gutcher where Shetland Ferries operates a service to Yell.

Find out more about Shetland buses

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.