Unst is the most northerly populated island in the British Isles and is unique in
terms of its scenic beauty and mystical charm. It is one of the most spectacular,
varied and interesting islands in Europe with ultramarine sea, beautiful sunbleached
beaches of pure sand, majestic cliffs and hills, outstanding flora and fauna and
national nature reserves of international significance. Sited on a 12 by 5 mile area
and with a population of approx. 614, the land remains unspoilt and visitors are
With its unique location Unst is able to provide ideal opportunities for visitors
to experience the mystique and splendour of the most northerly point in the UK. The
two National nature Reserves in Unst, Hermaness and the Keen of Hamar, contain some
of Europe's most stunning landscapes and are the habitat for some 25,000 pairs of
puffins each summer.
With cliffs reaching 170m high that house over 100,000 breeding sea-birds, Unst is
truly a spectacular island. Shetland pony breeding is one of Unst's proudest traditions.
Many of the ponies are coloured and local studs are accustomed to winning prizes
At the far north of the island (60o51'N, 0o53'W) lies Muckle Flugga. The Muckle Flugga
Lighthouse was built in 1858 during the Crimean War by David and Thomas Stevenson.
It is said that their nephew, Robert Louis penned Treasure Island following a visit
to Unst and indeed if you look closely you will see more than a passing resemblance
between the two maps!!
Unst is rich, not only in wildlife, but geologically and traditionally as well. The
Unst Heritage Centre provides the link to Unst's engrossing past and the Unst Boat
Haven is the only museum in Shetland dedicated to the island's unique wooden boats,
their history and the fishermen who plied their trade with them.