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Unst & Yell

Glorious Shetland islands known for seabird colonies, ‘dratsies’, seals and ponies
Unst rocky shore with otter
Overview
  • 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

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Island
Daily
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Entry prices

Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
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About this place

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 wilderness.

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.

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