Thursday 16 May 2024

Unst, Shetland Isles

Shetland day 24

Back on the ferry to Yell, a short drive across the island and then another 10 minute ferry trip to the Island of Unst, the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles and the third-largest island in Shetland after Mainland and Yell.

The island lays claim to many "most northerly" UK titles: the tiny settlement of Skaw in the north-east of the island is the northernmost settlement in the UK; Haroldswick is the site of Britain's most northerly church; the Muckle Flugga lighthouse, just off the far north of Unst, was opened in 1858 and is the most northerly lighthouse in the UK, situated close to Out Stack, the most northerly rock in the UK.

First stop was Hermaness, the northernmost headland of Unst and therefore the most northermost part of the United Kingdom. It consists of huge sea cliffs and moorland, making it an ideal habitat for a variety of birds. Hermaness is renowned for its internationally important seabird colonies, including the world's third largest great skua colony, fulmars, gannets, shags, puffins and guillemots.

I then visited Sandwick on the south of the Island with its sandy beach and coastal walk taking in a number of Viking sites including the remains of a longhouse and chapel.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Yell, Shetland Isles

Shetland day 23

A 20 minute ferry ride takes me to the island of Yell, the second largest island in Shetland after the Mainland with an area of 82 square miles (212 km2).

First, I visited the Sands of Breckon, a beach composed of crushed shells. Then back to the south of the Island to Burravoe and a walk to the cliffs and the double arch known as "The Horse of Burravoe.