Unst Heritage Centre


Address:
Haroldswick, Island of Unst
Tel: 01957 711 528
Opening Times:

1st May - 30th Sep,
7 days a week 11am - 5pm

Prices: 16+ £3, concession £2, combined ticket with Boat Haven £5
Unst Heritage Centre

Overview

Unst Heritage Trust Unst Heritage Trust If you are taking ‘the road to the Isles’, keep right on to the end, i.e. Unst. At the top end of Unst you will find the Unst Heritage Centre, it concentrates on all things unique to Unst. Its peculiar geology really came about because of a freak of nature, but it has played a crucial part in its long history. Its archaeology is everywhere you look. Four interesting sites have been excavated between 2004 and 2008 (by Bradford, Glasgow and Danish universities).

There is a lovely display of Unst’s fine lace knitting, which has won acclaim worldwide and if you happen to come on a Friday, you can have a go at spinning or knitting, Shetland style, with a talented Unst lady to guide you.

For 137 years, the Muckle Flugga Lighthouse was manned. Its position, on a lonely pinnacle of rock north of Unst, is exposed to horrendous seas and the lighthouse keepers were dependant on supplies brought from Burrafirth in a small boat. Many a story it has to tell. The exhibition about ‘ The Flugga’ is a ‘must see’.

Distance from Lerwick to Unst ferry, at Gutcher, Yell - 45 miles

Craft sessions

This season we have Knitters and Spinners "Have a go" sessions on Fridays 2-5pm
Pottery demonstration on some Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

Geology

New this season is a geology wall outside the Centre , and a new geology display in the Heritage Centre.

Heritage Walks

Two new booklets are available for Heritage walks

The first one, linked to the Boat Haven is  to follow the "Gutter lasses walk", an easy gentle walk along the voe at Baltasound.

A booklet explaining the walk can be bought at the Boat Haven.

 

  The second walk "Burral and Sandwick" is a more challenging walk, among old crofts and splendid views. Again a booklet is available to guide you and give interesting detail for your walk.

This can be bought at the Heritage Centre.

 

Events

See the events calendar for information on upcoming events in the area.

Facilities

Toilets Disabled Access Tea/Coffee Facilities Parking Child Friendly Ferry Service to Island Information Point