relax, explore, or be active
Unst has something for everyone. You will be
spoilt for choice.
Unst boasts two National Nature Reserves (NNR) –
Hermaness and the Keen of Hamar (about 50m from Keenlee). Hermaness is a
well known seabird colony. Possibly over 100,000 pairs of seabirds of 13
species breed on the reserve. The
most popular with visitors are the 25,000 + pairs of Puffins, which are
so tame that the careful visitor can get within a few inches of them.
Other species of birds to be found here include: Great Skua, Gannets and
the Black Browed Albatross.
Keen of Hamar is a favourite with botanists as it home to Edmondston's
Chickweed. This plant is unique to Unst and is named after the man who
discovered it – Thomas Edmonston of Buness, Unst. It is a small plant
that grows out of the rock debris.
Other plants to be found include Norwegian Sandwort, Northern
Rock-cress, Moss Campion and Alpine Meadow-rue.
Otters can be seen almost anywhere around Unst,
including the voes and bays around the main settlements of Uyeasound,
Baltasound and Haroldswick. Both species of seal, Grey Seal and Common
Seal may also be seen. Whales and dolphins may occasionally be seen in
summer, usually off the north coast - try Hermaness or Lamba Ness.
There are seven lochs to choose from where excellent fishing is to be had. Local advice is freely given and an excellent guide book, Trout Fishing In Shetland is available from the Tourist Information Office in Lerwick. Also see Trout Fishing leaflet.
For information on all other activities and places of interest, visit unst.org