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Attractions and Activities In Unst

Attractions in Unst

Valhalla Brewery operates in the former motor transport buildings at Saxa Vord in Unst. This space enables its founder and owner, Sonny Priest, to make more beer, more efficiently, opening up new markets in Britain and Overseas in the process. Visit the website to find out more about a tour of Shetlands own brewery.

Foord's Cafe and Handmade Chocolates is a small, family concern run by Aaron and Cassie Foord at Saxa Vord. Unst is renowned for these chocolates, as well as being popular throughout Shetland and further as visitors try these delights. The cafe is open for the summer season for lunches and tours of the chocolate making operation. There is also a ‘Memories of Saxa Vord Exhibition to browse around.

Bobby’s Bus Shelter is one of Unst’s most surprising tourist attractions. A fully furbished bus shelter, that is surely the most comfortable and famous bus stop in the world.

Boat Haven

Heritage Centre

Muness Castle

Glansin Glass

PURE is the first and only operational community-owned renewable hydrogen energy system in the world – something Unst community is very proud of.

Steven Spence , Unst's famous fiddler, exports fiddles and other instruments from Unst and also accepts commissions to compose fiddle tunes for special occasions. Visit Spencies Tunes to find out more.

Activities in Unst

Unst Cycle Hire

Unst Cycle Hire is great for visitors interested to cycle the island, or even to take their bikes further. Please visit the website for full details: contact cycleunst@btinternet.com or phone 01957 711254. Advance booking is highly recommended particularly in our busy summer months June-August.


Walkers are Welcome - In 2011 Unst became a Walkers are Welcome community, and the first island to achieve this recognition. Please visit http://www.unstwalkersarewelcome.co.uk/ for more information prior to your visit or read through the folders outlining all the walks once on site.

It is a beautiful island to explore by foot. The views are stunning whether you are on a beach, hiking along cliff tops with the crashing sea below, or up a hill! The Unst rangers also conduct guided walks of the Keen of Hamar and Hermaness National Nature Reserves.


Fishing is very popular on Unst, boasting six wild brown trout lochs, including Shetlands largest; the Loch of Cliff. Sea angling from shore or boat is another popular activity, with competitions held every summer.

Mucle Flugga Charters – Boat Trips -  VisitScotland 4* accredited "Muckle Flugga Charters" is one of the must-do attractions of Unst. Operating from the Burrafirth Shore Station, Edmond Nicolson's "Julie Rose" will whisk you out to the Muckle Flugga lighthouse in comfort, passing magnificent cliffs teaming with bird life on the way. Muckle Flugga Charters is Britain's most northerly boat trip operator and you really will feel that you are on Europe's outer rim.

The Julie Rose is a 40ft Rodman 1250 Sports Fisher and sea angling is a popular option, as is diving (diving clubs only), for which she is also well equipped.

To find out more see visit their website: www.muckleflugga.co.uk


The clear water and unpolluted sea mean that Unst has some wonderful dive sites, including that of the famous World War I submarine, E19. A dive boat operates out of Burrafirth, visit www.muckleflugga.co.uk


Baltasound has a marina and can take a wide range of yachts, whether sailing from Norway, Scotland or further afield.


Although not an activity in a conventional sense, one of the great pleasures of using Saxa Vord as a base is the ability to hop from island to island – to Fetlar, Yell, Mainland, Bressay or many more - enjoying all that each has to offer in turn.