Unst The Great Outdoors Activity Island

Unst Walkers are Welcome.

The WAW information Centre at Foords Chololates Saxa Vord ZE2 9TJ is open daily and provides a warm Unst welcome, hot drinks, light meals, craft shop, RAF Saxa Vord Memories Exhibition and all the walk information, maps and guides.


Fetlar the garden island of Shetland.

All visitors to Unst should ensure the allow sufficient time to include a dayout on Fetlar. This is a unique oportunity to spend time in one of the smallest and remote communities in the United Kingdom. Fetlar has amazing wildlife, wild flowers and beaches. The inter Island ferry service between Unst and Fetlar is operated by Shetland Council and is available to foot passengers. bikes and motoe vehicles. The ferry offers great wildlife opportunities.



Unst Cycle Hire. opened 2012 as a direct support for Walkers are Welcome and Saxa Vord Resort. Bookings and collections for bikes  can be arranged at  Saxa Vord Reception or ring 01957 711254 and are subject to availabilty.




P & T Coaches. Adult Bikes and Car & Mini Bus Hire are available at Final Checkout Baltasound.

For Walking Groups you may be able to arrange drop off collection at your walks end. Please check direct with P & T Coaches for this service. If you have arrived on Unst without transport P& T Coaches are the Unst operator linking with the Lerwick Service for your return to the Aberdeen Ferry or Airport.  Tel 44 01957 711666




 The association between Unst and the RAF goes back to 1940 and Memories of Saxa Vord Exhibition attracts hundreds of visitors every year.  During 2017 it is prposed that an RAF Museum with be developed and a Fiddle Museum  is now open during the season. The Cafe and RAF Exhibition has been relocated within Saxa Vord Resort.

In adition to Saxa Vord Restaurant (open to none Residents) Saxa Vord now has an evening bar. RAF Crewroom Bar. 


Saxa Vord Resort.

the resort has modern cosy facilities situated beside a family restaurant facilities.  with lounge bar, TV room and snooker table. opens May to September.

The resort also has 13 quality self catering cottages with 3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and dining conservatory. The self catering cottages are avaiable year round from 2 night rental. One night rental can be arranged in special circumstances.  See the resort video on their web site



Shetland Distilery Saxa Vord. 


Shetland Reel Gin is now open to visitors by appointment. Their premium brand ginns are gaining a world wide reputation for their unique taste and quality. A visit to Unst is uncomplite without a gin tasting. 


Valhalla Brewery.


Unst has its own specialist brewery producing a range of local beers using local ingredients as often as possible and Unst water. Since moving to its new premises in Saxa Vord with a high profile opening and launch party in April 2012 . Many visitors take selected beers home to share with family and friends. New markets are being explored in Norway with expanding production. By the start of the main season in June brewery tours on two afternoons will be anounced. There will be a craft shop and oportunities to buy their beers to take away. 


Baltasound Hotel

The hotel is situated to the east of Baltasound in a location overlooking the pier and marina. The hotel has a choice of bedrooms from singles to super king size and family rooms. There is a restaurant and bar open to residents.   



Belmont House


Belmont is an immaculately restored Gorgian House set in a magnificent location overlooking Bluemull Sound on the Island of Unst. Belmont is an ideal location for holidays, weddings or business gettaway events.



The Gardiesfauld Hostel. 

Situated beside the shore at picturesque Uyeasound. The Hostel provides a range of accomodation to suit all needs. The hostel provides superb facilities, Also Camping and Caravans are catered for.



The Creek Croft House Self Catering.

Situated in Haroldswick, Unst with superb views overlooking Haroldswick Bay. Within walking distance of The Walkers are Welcome information center, Unst Boat Haven and Heritage Center.





Serco Northlink Ferries.

Your Northern Isles adventure starts the moment you step aboard in Aberdeen. The modern ships provide cruise class sailing during your overnight sailing to Lerwick. As you head north into the simmerdim some sailings take you to Orkney and in the early morning sun Fair Isle. A choice of restaurants,bars, cinema, shop and lounge areas equipped with wi-fi. Cabins are comfortable with showers , tea & coffee and TV to order. Additional restaurant facilities have been and additional lounge sleeping has been added during winter 2013. 




Shetland Island Council Transport.

A bus service leaves Lerwick Bus Station for Unst Monday to Saturday and returns from Unst each afternoon.



Departs Saxa Vord at 7am and Baltasound at 7.15 am for onwards to Lerwick. 


Lerwick departs  07.45 am.           Arrives Unst 10.10 am. 


Unst departs 14.30 pm.                Arrives Lerwick 16.55 pm




For additional stops and collections on Unst contact P & T Coaches 44 01957 711666  


Bolts Car Hire Lerwick.  





There are daily flights into Shetland from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. Connecting flights are available from many UK airports. Sumburgh Airport has good Car Hire facilities.



Star Rent A Car  Sumburgh Airport.  




Shetland Motor Home Hire.     



Unst the island above all others.

Unst has a wide choice of activities to offer holiday visitors. Wide empty beaches, fields of wild flowers, ponies,birdwatching, crafts, thousands of years of heritage and culture. See so much more at the community website.



Shetland Nature.

Enjoy an exciting and educational day out with Brydon Thomason Shetlands most experienced naturalists. A day vist to Fetlar, Garden of Shetland happens most Wednesdays. A day tour of Unst happens most Tuesdays and Saturdays.



The pictures of Shetland Magic were taken by P M Jones Unst