Unst

Unst (/ˈʌnst/; Scots: Unst; Norn: Ønst) is one of the North Isles of the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles and is the third-largest island in Shetland after Mainland and Yell. It has an area of 46 sq mi (120 km2).[5]

Unst
Scots nameUnst [1]
Old Norse nameǪmstr [2]
Meaning of namePossibly pre-Celtic
Location
Unst
Unst shown within Shetland
OS grid referenceHP600091
Coordinates60.75°N 0.89°W / 60.75; -0.89
Physical geography
Island groupShetland
Area120.68 km²
Area rank14[3]
Highest elevationSaxa Vord, 284 m (932 ft)
Administration
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryScotland
Council areaShetland Islands
Demographics
Population632 (2011) [4]
Population rank19[3]
Population density5.2 people/km² [4][5]
Largest settlementBaltasound
References[5][6]

Unst is largely grassland, with coastal cliffs. Its main village is Baltasound, formerly the second-largest herring fishing port after Lerwick and now the location of a leisure centre and the island's airport. Other settlements include Uyeasound, home to Greenwell's Booth (a Hanseatic warehouse) and Muness Castle (built in 1598 and sacked by pirates in 1627); and Haroldswick, location of a boat museum and a heritage centre.


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