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Getting Around

Shetland Map

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Go to visit.shetland.org for Shetland area guides



Unst Cycle Hire

Cycle Hire available on site at ‘Unst Cycle Hire’ with adult rates as little as £7.50 per day.  Please visit http://www.unstcyclehire.co.uk/ or contact cycleunst@btinternet.com for further details.  Advance booking is highly recommended particularly in our busy summer months June-August.

Car Hire

A number of car hire firms operate in Shetland, including:

All of these companies can have cars ready for you to collect on arrival at the airport or ferry terminal.

Own Car

If travelling in your own car you will disembark from the ferry in Lerwick, from where you will have an outstanding 55 mile drive to Saxa Vord, plus 2 short ferry crossings. 


As a cluster of islands, Shetland is ideally suited to air transport and Unst has its own airfield only a few miles from Saxa Vord. Shetland is peppered with airfields and island hopping is a must for anyone with a plane.

Public transport

Bus Service

The bus service from Lerwick to Baltasound, Unst runs 3 times a day and takes 2hrs 25mins, including the 2 ferry crossings. See Shetland Bus Services.

Ferry Service

Shetland Islands Council’s excellent ferry services operate between Toft, North Mainland Shetland ferriesand Ulsta, Yell, and between Gutcher, Yell and Belmont, Unst, sailing back and forth throughout the day. Find out more about Shetland's inter-island ferries.

Air Services

Although not operating to Unst, Shetland Islands Council operates regular air service between the airstrip at Tingwall, north of Lerwick, and Fair Isle, Out Skerries, Foula and Papa Stour.