Unst – Nature at the top of Britain
One of Shetlands most popular excursions and wildlife experiences – a day on the most northerly island in Britain. Hermaness National Nature Reserve is a breathtaking must see for wildlifers, walkers and outdoors enthusiasts alike. The wild sea cliffs here are home to some of the most spectacular seabird colonies in the world. Here Gannets, Puffins and Great Skua are among the most popular species icons we target.
We also enjoy a leisurely stroll exploring the Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserve, one of the UK’s most remarkable botanical sites, where the moon-like landscape of serpentine rock, collection of Arctic Alpines and an endemic plant, Edmonston’s Chickweed (found nowhere else in the world), make this a firm favourite. We shall also take time search for species such as Frog Orchid, Moonwort, Norwegian Sandwort, and Northern Rock Cress and others.
If time allows we explore some of the more remote side roads to Skaw and Lamba Ness, the former boasting a beautiful secluded beach with the backdrop of Britain’s most northerly house. Lamba Ness is the most easterly point of Unst and if the weather conditions allow we will spend time on a cetacean watch.
Along the way we keep an eye out for some of the scarce moorland breeding birds like Red-throated Diver, Whimbrel, Golden Plover, and Arctic Skua, and keep an eye out for Otters and Common and Grey Seals along the shores.