With two islands to cover, this is a rewarding journey, with just over 7 miles (11km) before the ferry crossing at Gutcher and a further 7 miles (11km) from Belmont to Baltasound after the short crossing.
Baltasound is the main settlement in the centre of Unst. The village is some 5 miles (8km) south of Norwick, where the National Cycle Network ends and some 7 miles (11km) from Skaw, which is the final end point of the UK’s public road and location of the northernmost inhabited house. You are very likely to wish to continue north to these destinations and the day ride from Baltasound to Norwick and Skaw can be added to this route in order to do just that.
The B9081 takes you from Mid Yell to join the A968 at the head of the voe. Heading north on the A968 through Camb the route makes a long climb up Basta Hill. From the top of Basta Hill there are great views over Basta Voe, Burra Ness and beyond to Fetlar and Unst. There is now a long downhill past Colvister to the bridge at the head of Basta Voe followed by a climb up again to Sellafirth with views south-east towards Hascosay. The road dips down through Sellafirth and up again as it swings north-east towards Gutcher.
From the ferry terminal at Gutcher you can cross to either Unst or Fetlar. The ferry to Belmont on Unst takes just 10 minutes and runs at intervals of between 25 and 85 minutes depending upon the time of day.
Around 2 miles (3km) from Belmont there is an option to turn right for Uyeasound and Muness Castle. The Castle, Britain’s most northerly, is a ruined 16th century fortified house now in the care of Historic Scotland will be a 3 mile (5km) deviation off the route.