Tuesday 19 May 2020

Murrister, Uyeasound, Unst, Shetland Islands (Sleeps 1-4)

Murrister is a traditional croft holiday cottage in Uyeasound at the south end of the beautiful Shetland Island of Unst.

Surrounded by fields often with a range of cows, sheep, Shetland ponies rabbits, birds and wildflowers in profusion, the cottage overlooks the village itself. There are numerous walks for all levels in the area, long sandy beaches, remains of Viking settlements, a ruined castle and fishing lochs.

Sadly the local school, church and shops have closed but travel 6 miles north to Baltasound and you will find all amenities – church, school and leisure centre which is open to the public, 3 shops one with a bakery attached, cafes, post office and hotel. Move north again to Haroldswick where there is a restaurant on the converted RAF base Saxavord along with the local brewery and small chocolate factory.

You can also visit a reconstructed Viking longhouse and ship, an excellent maritime museum and the local heritage centre where you can find out about the history of Unst and see examples of crafts. Again there are many walks in this area including the nature reserves at Hill of Hamar and Hermaness. Pick your route carefully and you will be able to see Muckle Flugga and the Oot Stack – the final rock of Britain or Ultima Thule (the end of the earth). Always check out the public notice board in Sandison's shop for local events – music evenings especially should not be missed.

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