Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Unst, Island of, Shetland, is one of the Shetland Islands. As the most northerly of the islands of Shetland, and consequently the most northerly of the British Isles, Unst has an appeal of its own. It is strange to reflect, if you climb its highest hill at Hermaness on the North West promontory, that, apart from a few scattered satellite rocks, there is no land between you and the North Pole.
Of the three main islands of the county of Shetland, Unst is the smallest; it is 11 miles long, North to South, and 4 miles broad. It naturally has not the variety of the Shetland mainland, but in its smaller space is more obviously fertile. Its scenery, particularly in the northern cliff area, is grandly impressive. The island cannot be said to have a capital, but its two main straggling townships are at Baltasound and at Haroldswick; this last contains the farthest-north post office in Britain.
Some of the best of Shetland's weaving comes from the cottages on Unst. There is a ferry connecting the island with its immediate neighbour to the South, Yell, and a regular island steamer that makes a call at all ports in the archipelago and links it with Lerwick. As with nearly everywhere else in the remoter Northern and Western Isles, Unst is enduring a drainage of population to the greater centres of Britain, but the island still lives on and is well worth a visit, particularly by the Shetland island steamer.
There is some notable sea-trout fishing in Loch Cliff, and the northern promontories and cliffs are the haunt of sea-birds much prized by ornithologists. Hermaness is now a nature reserve. The Scottish Stewart earls of unhappy memory built a castle at the South East end at Muness; it is now a ruin.
Despite its declining population, despite its northern remoteness upon the very rim of the British world, Unst, with its fertility, its alluring scenery, and its kindly folk who still remain there, gives the impression of a friendly isle.
Nearby towns: Banchory, Ellon, Inverurie, Lerwick, Stonehaven, Thurso
Nearby villages: Baltasound, Belmont, Gutcher, Haroldswick, Scalloway
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation