About Unst

Most Northerly

Due to Unst’s location as the most northerly island in the British Isles, we obviously have the UK’s most northerly…shop, pub, doctor’s surgery, leisure centre, church, house….and so on.

Viking connections

There are various excavated sites around the island and  a Viking replica longship, the Skidbladner and longhouse  in Haroldswick. There is an extensive interpretation of Norse settlements on display at Unst Heritage Centre and Viking Unst Trail Packs are also available.

Muness Castle

Muness Castle was built in 1598 for Laurence Bruce.

Nature Reserves

Both the Hermaness National Nature Reserve and also the Keen of Hamar Nature Reserve are worth visiting.


Memorial Stone to the Swedish fishing industry in the early 20th century sited at Baltasound pier.

Natural landscape

Fine sandy beaches and the most northerly views in Britain at Saxa Vord (Shetland’s second highest hill), Hermaness and Skaw.