Unst & Yell
Unst & Yell
Two glorious, remote Shetland islands teeming with wildlife
Visit the UK’s most northerly woodland, at Halligarth on Unst.
Keep your eyes peeled for otters, known locally as ‘dratsies’ – Yell is one of the best places in Europe to spot them.
Holiday in grandeur at Belmont House on Unst, a Georgian masterpiece built in 1775 for landowner Thomas Mouat.
Enjoy outstanding scenery, with undulating hills, rocky coastline, impressive sea stacs, beaches, cliffs and voes.
This is as far north as you can possibly get without leaving the UK!
Glorious scenery and teeming wildlife are just two of the many reasons to visit these unspoilt remote islands. Both are part of Shetland – Unst is the most northerly of the British Isles, while across the Bluemull Sound lies Yell, famous for its birdlife and dramatic, rugged wildness.
The Trust owns seven parcels of land on Unst, the nearby small uninhabited island of Daaey and some croft land on Yell. The islands are of special interest to geologists, botanists and birdwatchers.
The islands can be visited all year round.
On Unst, the west coast areas of Woodwick, Collaster and Lund offer outstanding scenery, and Shetland ponies roam freely across the island. The Old Haa Museum at Burravoe contains fascinating information about life on the island.
Yell is known for its important nature reserves and impressive seabird populations. There are several outstanding coastal walks on Yell and the secluded sandy beaches at West Sandwick, Gossabrough or the Sands of Breckon are perfect for a picnic.
Both islands have small towns and villages with restaurants, cafés and tearooms and a selection of shops.
Unst and Yell are the two most northerly islands of Shetland.