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Unst & Yell

Glorious Shetland islands known for seabird colonies, ‘dratsies’, seals and ponies
An otter sits on a rocky shore, with an orange-tinged sky behind.
  • 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.

  • Enjoy outstanding scenery with undulating hills, rocky coastline, impressive sea stacs, beaches, cliffs and voes.

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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 looks after 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.