Baltasound 60°45’.24N 000°51’.31W; Uyeasound 60°41’.15N 000°55’.09W
Visit Unst, Britain's most northerly island
Contact Name Ruth Grainger
Telephone +44 (0) 7532 237 892
Email ruthinunst2@btinternet.com

Some say Unst was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, the author having visited Muckle Flugga lighthouse which sits off the north tip of Unst. True or otherwise, Unst is a treasured island to many, locals and visitors alike, and is the perfect location for fun-filled festivities.

Approaching from the southwest, you can round Muckle Flugga and Out Stack, the most northerly point of Britain. Hermaness has magnificent cliffs and is one of the wonders of the bird world. Baltasound is a large and well-serviced harbour, sheltered by Balta Island at the mouth of the sound. Uyeasound, at the south end of the island, also has a pier and is the main salmon and mussel farming area.

Haroldswick is home to Unst Boat Haven, Shetland's only museum dedicated to the history of Shetland's distinctive wooden boats and the line fishermen who used them. It is also home to the fascinating Unst Heritage Centre, which includes displays on the island's famous fine lace knitting and spinning with opportunities to try your hand at it.

There is a 76ft replica Viking longship, and many archaeological Viking sites. In 2011 Uyeasound Galley Shed celebrates a century of "Up Helly Aa" - Viking fire festival held annually in February.

For more Unst information visit our website and dowload the UnstFest programme here.

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage Yes
Berthing Depth Baltasound 5m; Uyeasound 4m;
Pilot Available No
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock; Baltasound 520; Uyeasound 510; Lerwick; Baltasound 41; Uyeasound 38;

Harbour Conditions

  • Baltasound Length 120m • Depth 5m
  • Uyeasound Length 55m • Depth 4m
  • Unst has a small tidal range of 1.6m (spring)

Further Port Information


It’s not every year that the Tall Ships grace your shores, so when Shetland’s most northerly isles, Yell and Unst were asked to host two of Shetland’s Cruise in Company ports, they responded to the challenge with gusto.

The result is a truly awe-inspiring programme of activities featuring everything from the practical to the energetic, from the cultural to the creative. Take part in the festive atmosphere and soak up the spirit of the islands.

Unst are putting on a week of events which will run from 12 – 19 July to coincide with their popular UnstFest.

Highlights include:

Day events

  • Boat trips – enjoy a trip to Muckle Flugga and take in the spectacular scenery and birdlife of Hermaness along the way
  • Guided walks – to the stunning Nature Reserves of Keen of Hamar and Hermaness
  • ‘Theatre Death Race’ – take on the 24-hour challenge to write, direct and act in a play
  • Extreme ironing competition – think of the most weird and wonderful place on the island to iron and capture yourself in action in a photograph
  • Children’s activities – there’s a whole host of activities to interest the kids, including U Dance workshops, a family picnic, barbecue, music evtns, pico racing, knock out style tournament ‘The Unbreakables’, and Gladiators at the local leisure centre
  • Palais Glide – join in and see if the 2009 record can be broken of 196 people all taking part in this easy to learn traditional dance can be beaten

Evening Events

Make the most of the light evenings and enjoy an abundance of local talent, culture and food. The Open Mic Night at Saxa Vord promises an extravaganza of local talent and the ‘Peerie Night Oot’ is not to be missed with its Up Helly Aa theme. Sample some delicious local seafood and gain a real insight into the Up Helly Aa tradition. The grand finale on Tuesday 19 July will see the fabulous Carnival, which will include two squads in action, followed by hugely successful Orcadian band, The Silver Penguins, who will play into the night.

For further information on events please contact:
Email: info@unstfest.org

Available For Crews


  • Beer festival
  • Guided walks, archaeological tours
  • Dinghy racing
  • Viking history tours
  • Fun football tournament
  • Dances - local rock bands, Shetland dance music
  • Silver jewellery workshop
  • Craft fair exhibition and sale
  • Beach yoga
  • Peat casting, bannock making
  • Ghost mystery tours
  • Knitting, dyeing, felting, weaving and spinning workshops
  • Shetland pony grooming workshops
  • Fiddle and singing workshops

Sports Facilities

  • Leisure centre with swimming pool, games hall, squash court, gym, outdoor football pitch and tennis court

General Facilities


  • Fresh water on pier, toilets and showers at Boating Club, 130 litre fuel drum on trolley, power
  • Hotel and pub 150m from pier


  • Water, toilets and showers available 10 minutes walk from pier