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Unst is Shetland’s – and the UK’s – most northerly island. Approximately 700 people live on Unst, with the largest communities being Baltasound and Uyeasound.

Despite being on the same latitude as Cape Farewell in Greenland, Unst has a rich and abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. It is home to the protected Hermaness National Nature Reserve, a mecca for birdwatchers, and even has an indigenous wildflower, Edmonston’s Chickweed, which grows on the Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserve. The island is also renowned for its

  • Fascinating and varied geology
  • Intriguing archaeology and history
  • Vibrant local culture
  • Warm and welcoming people
  • Scenic and rewarding walks

Unst’s heritage dates back to the Vikings, a link which is celebrated every year with a local Up-Helly-Aa festival.

Naturally, for such a small and relatively fragile community, there is great interest in the Shetland Space Centre project, and the company is liaising closely to keep everyone informed of developments and progress.

Visit the following links to see what’s new and upcoming, and how to visit Unst.