Welcome to Walkers are Welcome
Unst Shetland is the most northerly island in the United Kingdom. As 2013 is the year of Natural Scotland there is no better time to visit Shetland and Unst in particular.( See news for free travel Tickets during April.) Unst should be visited by all who call themselves British. The dramatically beautiful windswept island of Unst is a splendid example of the diversity of the British Isles. All walkers will understand the beauty of the seasons but at 60 degs north the light on Unst in Autumn and early spring will remain with you for a lifetime.Visitors to Unst and Saxa Vord Self Catering Cottages can be treated to a display of the Northern Lights from September onward.
In October 2011 Unst became the 71st Walkers are Welcome community and the first island to achieve this recognition. At 60 degrees north Unst, the island above all others lies on the same latitude as Anchorage Alaska, Southern Greenland and St Petersburg Russia.
In addition to being known as the island above all others Unst has a growing reputation as the activity island of Shetland. Walking, fishing in sea & loch, cycling, canoeing, bird and wildlife viewing, photography, painting and Shetland Geopark. Unst measures 47 square miles almost 12 miles long and 5 miles wide and has 60 miles of coastline.
Unst has some of the very best walking in Europe.
In midsummer Unst has 19 hours of measured daylight.
Over 60 miles of amazing coastline.
Thousands of years of heritage history.
More Viking sites than anywhere else in Europe.
420 million years of Geopark history.
10 sandy beaches.
Unst Walkers are Welcome have selected 20 walks to provide visitors with the widest possible choice from a simple 1 hour nature walk to a serious full day clifftop walk. If you have the time and the commitment the whole coastline can be walked as it was by the RAF each year up to 2004. Some walks are waymarked, some will need compass and navigation skills. Our nieghbouring island of Fetlar, population, under 70 has a futher 6 identified walks over moorland, clifftop and seashore. The Shetland Council interisland ferry service links Unst, Fetlar and Yell.
Unst WAW have taken every precaution to ensure that all walkers are provided with safety information is available at as many locations as possible and that our information has been read and approved by our local police and coastguard.
Unst Walkers are Welcome. Unst Partnership Unst Community Council.
The above bodies and organisations do not and will not take responsibility for anyone who gets injured or lost in the process of walking or completing any of the WAW Unst walks or trails. All visitors and residents are responsible for their own safety, having the correct clothing and navigation skills.
Unst Walkers are Welcome Sponsorship 2012.
Walkers are Welcome are supported by :-
Unst Cycle Hire, Saxa Vord, Unst,Shetland ZE2 9TJ.
Foords Chocolates & Cafe Saxa Vord Unst ZE2 9TJ.
Unst Partnership, Hagdale, Unst, Shetland.
Walkers are Welcome Information Center.
Our information center opened at Foords Chocolates & Cafe at Saxa Vord on March 13th. WAW visitors, walking groups and tourists will be able to enjoy a coffee or a light meal in a relaxing atmosphere whilst they select walks they would like to try.
Large information boards have been positioned on the walls with safety information, walks, maps, wildlife information and photographs of Unst. The centre also has a WAW reference book visitors can sit with at their table. Additional information provided includes details of visitor attractions and whats on in Unst, Fetlar and Yell . There are OS maps and Walking guides, energy foods and drinks will be available from the cash point.
Should you require walk guides or OS Landranger or Explorer Map these will also be available at the cash point. Packed lunches can be ordered for the following day. An Unst weather forecast for the day and for the days ahead will on display.
Car, Train, Boat or Plane
The Northern Isles of Shetland.
Getting to the Northern Isles is easy, Fly Bee have daily flights into Lerwick from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. Connecting flights are availble from many UK Airports.
Shetland has a very extensive Car Hire sector and you can arrange to collect your chosen vehicle at the Airport.
For visitors who wish to bring their car or campervan Serco Northlink Ferries provide evening cruise class sailings from Aberdeen each evening. You can also connect with the Shetland service at Scrabster in the North of Scotland and come to Shetland via Orkney. Caravan hook ups are available at the Gardiesfuld Hostel and the harbour in Uyresound.
Dogs are most welcome guests on Unst and Serco Northlink Ferries will allow your special friends to travel in the comfort and safety of your vehicle. There are kennels onboard if you prefer. Unst has more dog friendly accommodation than the whole of Shetland.
Foords Cafe and the WAW Centre provides a very special welcome for furry visitors and their well behaved owners. The walls have secure lead anchor points. Four legged guests are given biscuits and a bowl of Unst water. Every visitor has his or her photo taken for the doggie hall of fame.
The beaches on Unst are dog friendly you are just requested to keep the beach
clean for everyone to enjoy and that everything you bring to the beach is removed when you leave.