|UK Grid Reference:||HP610080|
|Area (ha):||12068 ha|
|Population:||720 (2001 census)|
|Ferry Services:||Ro-ro service from Gutcher in Yell.|
The island is served by ro-ro ferries which operate from Belmont, at the south west corner of the island, to Gutcher in the nearby island of Yell, and also to Hamars Ness on the island of Fetlar. Unst also has an airport, near to the main settlement of Baltasound, which was used for the transfer of oil workers to offshore oilfields, until those flight operations were transferred to Scatsta Airport.
The withdrawal of the RAF from Unst was a blow to the island's economy, as they were the largest employer, however part of the former accommodation buildings at Saxa Vord were re-opened in early summer 2007 by new owners Military Asset Management as Saxa Vord Resort, offering year-round self-catering holidays and restaurant and bar facilities. More of the complex will be opened in 2008 with extra facilities.
Unst lays claim to many "Most Northerly" UK titles, including Muckle Flugga Lighthouse, Haroldswick Post Office,Valhalla Brewery, and the settlement of Skaw, and even the northernmost Quaker meeting, once a year.<ref>http://www.tudo.co.uk/quakers_craw/shell_quakers/contents/crawshawbooth/messages_received/messages_received.html</ref>
The island also boasts several buildings of importance, including Muness Castle and Greenwell's Booth. Perhaps not an important building, but nevertheless well known is Bobby's Bus Shelter, which could possibly claim to be the most photographed bus shelter in the UK.
Unst has contributed largely to the literature of Shetland, with such famous 19th C. natives as Thomas Edmondston, Jessie M. E. Saxby and Basil R Anderson, and Andrew T. Cluness, W. Fordyce Clark, Charles Sandison, Samuel S. Polson, Jack Renwick, Frank Renwick and Paul J. Ritch more recently.
Shipwrecks on Unst
The Fortuna wrecked at Clugan on the east coast opposite Huney in December 1712, as did the St Mathew on The Framd, Herma Ness on December 22nd 1740, the Swan at the Bight of Stuggins, near Westing on November 16th 1799, the Dayspring went ashore at Mu Ness on August 30th 1904, the Tonis Chandris grounded and later sank near Mu Ness on January 9th 1940, as did the SRT661 on Spoo Ness, near Westing on March 27th 1956.
- The Official Unst Website
- Viking Unst Project
- Visit Shetland,Area Guide
- Unst, Shetland Heritage
- Information about Unst
- Information about Saxa Vord Resort, the former RAF base
- The PURE Energy Centre
- Blog on the History of the Saxa Vord base