Baltasound is a large and well-serviced harbour sheltered by the isle of Balta at the mouth of the sound and by the high ground to the north and west.

The small boat marina is not suitable for visiting yachts. However, a pontoon berth situated west of the main pier is accessible at all states of the tide. Alternitively, there is a good anchorage south west of the pier.

During the summer, the harbour hosts various events, including a regatta and fishing competitions. There are music evenings in the hall.

On the north east of Unst, Wick of Skaw, Norwick and Haroldswick offer temporary shelter. Haroldswick is home to the Unst Boat Haven, Shetland's only museum dedicated to the history of the island's distinctive wooden boats and the line-fishermen who used them until the early 20th century. Also well worth a visit is the fascinating Unst Heritage Centre, where the permanent displays include geology, genealogy and the island's famous fine lace knitting and spinning. Both centres are open daily, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, May to September.

Next door, there is a comfortable and welcoming café. On the eastern side of the village, Britain's only working talc mine is at Clibberswick, known also for its Viking soapstone quarry.


  • Toilets, shower key, and fuel, from Alex Sandison & Sons Ltd (01957 711444)
  • General merchants: Skibhoul Stores and Post Office, 1 mile (01957 771304) H Henderson, 1 1/2 miles (01957 711411)
  • Taxi services: A & W McLeod and P & T Coaches (01957 711666) who also run a bus service and car hire.
  • Repairs: Unst Inshore Services (01957 711881)
Depth (Low water):5m1.5m
Contact:Roger Moore,
01806 244200
Penny Thomson,
01957 711444
Charges:Please see -
SIC Table of Dues
£10 per day
Yacht Facilities:Shower, toilet, water, fuel, boat yard, engineering services, boating club, waste disposal, slip.
Other Facilities:Shop, pub, leisure centre (2 miles), swimming pool, taxi service, accommodation, telephone.

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