Visitors to Unst and Yell in Shetland are in for a treat – dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife coupled with a tangible and very special sense of remoteness. The National Trust for Scotland owns pockets of land on both islands and they are easily accessible from mainland Shetland by regular vehicle ferries.
Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island, offers a varied natural habitat with features ranging from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to sheltered beaches, expansive moorland and freshwater lochs. Its neighbour Yell is known for its important nature reserves, impressive seabird populations, and for being one of the best places in Europe to spot otters, known locally as ‘dratsies’.
Did you know?
Shetland pony breeding is one of Unst’s most famous traditions. As well as their trademark thick winter coat, mane and tail, the Unst breed tend to be more colourful than those bred elsewhere in Shetland.