The Unst Boat Haven, part of the Unst Heritage Trust, is dedicated to the maritime
history of Shetland boats. We have 17 boats, mainly traditional Shetland, but including
one from each Faroe and Norway, a Welsh coracle and a Berhon folding dinghy. A privately
owned replica of a 19th century sixareen is based in the Baltasound marina during
The boats are all traditionally built for use under oar and sail. They are double-ended,
clinker built following the Viking method of construction which can be traced back
around 1700 years. This provides a very light, strong, seaworthy but flexible hull,
ideally suited for local conditions. The boats cover a period from the late 19th
Century to the 1960's and include working and racing boats.
Apart from the boats there is plenty to see. There are models, old tools, fishing
gear, documents, photographs, charts, historical information, and interpretation
plus a lot more.