Britain's Most Northerly Isle
The Island on which Robert Louis Stevenson based his map of "Treasure Island"
here for a separate map
are also many SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), a fascinating
Boat Museum, a Heritage Centre; and a ruined castle (built during the
late 1500s) located at Muness, on the southern end of Unst.
Visit Unst's sandy beaches, rocky inlets, burns and lochs, heather moors, soaring cliffs, and see Otters and Seals, Puffins, Skuas, Gannets, Arctic Terns, Red Throated Divers, Razorbills, Merlins and, occasionally, Whales and Dolphins. The top end of Hermaness is the most northerly point you can walk to in Britain; at which point only the impressive Muckle Flugga Rock and its lighthouse (built by Robert Louis Stevenson's father, Thomas, in 1857-8) stands between you and the North Pole.
Cultural activities on Unst include using the Leisure Centre (with indoor pool and sports facilities), music and dance nights, spinning and knitting demonstrations, story-telling and folklore sessions, guided wildlife tours, visiting the Valhalla Brewery (Britain's most northerly brewery), and the local craftspeople.
From autumn until January, visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights (the 'Merry Dancers') and the planetarium-like appearance of the night skies during clear weather.