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Unst & Yell

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

Things to do


Yell is known for its important nature reserves and impressive seabird populations.

Keep your eyes peeled for otters, known locally as ‘dratsies’ – Yell is one of the best places in Europe to spot them.


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.


If you are looking to stay for a holiday, try Belmont House on Unst, a Georgian masterpiece built in 1775 for landowner Thomas Moffat.