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Northern Islands

Unst & Yell

Glorious Shetland islands known for seabird colonies, ‘dratsies’, seals and ponies

Planning your visit

If you’re thinking of visiting one of our island properties … please don’t.

In the middle of this Public Health emergency, the idea of travelling to one of the Trust’s island places may be very appealing. However, we respectfully ask you to think again.

As with any other part of the country, you should not travel at all if you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection or live in a household where someone else is showing symptoms. Island communities are small and often include elderly people, so Coronavirus would be particularly devastating for them – please consider their wellbeing.

Island communities are also isolated from healthcare providers, so someone falling ill and passing the virus to local residents will put even more strain on the system with possibly fatal consequences.

As you may have seen in the media, transport to many islands has been restricted so it may therefore be hard to reach islands and just as hard to leave, especially if an emergency situation develops.

We want everyone to take care and stay well. Once the crisis is over, you’ll be welcomed with open arms to enjoy some of the most amazing coastal and island settings in the world. Until then, there are plenty of images and other content on our website about places like Fair Isle, Canna, Iona and St Kilda so that you don’t have to miss out on their spectacular scenery.


The islands can be visited all year round and have small towns and villages with restaurants, cafés and a selection of shops.

For information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by telephone: 01463 232034.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Dogs welcome

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. Visit the UK’s most northerly woodland, at Halligarth.

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.

Opening times

Islands

Entry prices

Unst & Yell
Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free

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