Unst is the most northerly island in the UK. Situated right at the top of the Shetland
islands, we are on the same latitude as Bergen and Anchorage.
Look at the Google Map below for the exact location. Underneath the map is directions
on how to get here.
Shetland can be reached by air with FlyBe. Flights come into Sumburgh Airport from
Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen on a regular basis. Flights to Shetland from mainland
Scotland take approx. 1 hour.
Shetland can also be reached by boat with Northlink Ferries. Northlink Ferries offer
passenger and freight services from Lerwick to/from Aberdeen and Kirkwall.
Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island.
Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst
via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer. If travelling
by car it is advisable to book by phoning the ferry office, 01957 722259.
Getting To Unst By Car
Take the A970 to Toft ferry terminal. Follow signs for the North Isles from Lerwick
which takes approx. 45/60 minutes (27 miles / 43.5 km).
From Sumburgh Airport, the journey takes approx. 60/90 minutes (49 miles / 79 km).Ferry
crossing to Yell which takes approx. 20 minutes. Follow the main road from Ulsta
to Gutcher ferry terminal which takes approx. 25/30 minutes (18 miles / 29 km).
Ferry crossing to Unst takes approx. 10 minutes.
Car hire on mainland Shetland can be organised through Bolts Car Hire.
Getting To Unst By Bus
There is Bus service from the Viking Bus Station, Lerwick (daily/except Sundays).
Morning service connects with ferry arrivals from Aberdeen (though the bus stop is
across the road from the terminal at the Shetland Hotel, and the bus usually picks
up around 08:10am).