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Unst, Shetland

Accredited since: 2011

Unst is a popular tourist destination in Shetland as it is the most northerly island in the UK. It has good coastal and hill walks, several beaches and a variety of wildlife, especially seabirds. Hermaness National Nature Reserve is home to many seabirds e.g. gannets and puffins and has a large Great and Arctic Skua population. Otters and occasionally whales can be seen around the coast.
Unst holds two local Up Helly Aa’s (Viking festivals) in February each year. It has an annual summer festival called “Unstfest” in July, a week long programme of activities and walks for residents and visitors.
There is a Junior High School on the island with a Nursery, Primary and Secondary Department, taking children from 3-16. It has a Leisure Centre with a sports field, swimming pool, fitness suite, squash court and games hall. There are three Community halls which put on events and occasional restaurant nights. There is an Hotel in Baltasound and the “Balta Light” bar serving food at weekends. There are several self-catering properties and a few B and B and AirBnB establishments on the island. In the north of the island, at Lamba Ness, the Shetland Spaceport is under construction with launching planned for 2024.
For more information on Unst, go to the “Visit Unst” website at

Contact information

Contact Person: Gordon Thomson

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