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More than just old boats

Visited here on our drive around Unst. We have an interest in boats, esp old boats so this was... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Co. Kildare,
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More than we expected

Very nice exposition of about 10-12 traditional boats well presented with heaps of small details... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Visited here on our drive around Unst. We have an interest in boats, esp old boats so this was right up our street. There are plenty of old (mid 1800s) boats on display but what I didn’t expect was how the story of Shetland was...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2018

Very nice exposition of about 10-12 traditional boats well presented with heaps of small details. Comprehensive presentation boards with information about fishery and history. Competent staff - well worth the visit!

Thank Globetrotterin2
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The Unst Boat haven is an absolute must when visiting Unst. This fascinating little museum shows the history of open sea boating and fishing, which have been the mainstay of culture and life in Unst for many decades. There are quite a few boats on...More

Thank Shaked007
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Interesting local museum, a lot of useful information of the history of fishing industry, many maps and items of the local culture, insluding boats.

Thank budlenka
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Spent a good few hours here looking at all the exhibits. We were very welcomely greeted by a volunteer who was very knowledgeable. Combine your trip to the Unst Boat Haven with Victorias Vintage Tea Rooms next door for a lovely afternoon out.

Thank TheWettons
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

The Boat Haven is filled with the narratives of Unst, which is situated within one the richest fishing grounds in the world. A must see for those who truly want to understand the history and culture of this amazing place. These small wooden boasts fished...More

Thank Clanmother
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

A combined ticket for here and the Heritage centre is a snip at just £5.00 per head. Mel was helpful and friendly. The boats are beautifully displayed and Shetland's maritime life and history is explored in great detail.

Thank SwordMaiden
Reviewed 25 June 2018

The centre doesn't seem to have a page of its own but don't miss this gem. It's packed with interesting bits and pieces including beautiful lace and an interesting history of the Sheltie. But the best for us was the chance to brew our own...More

Thank sheila c
Reviewed 20 June 2018

I am not an expert on boats but these were interesting boats, a few from far away but the vast majority local and ancient. Modest admission price collected by a man who clearly knew a lot about Unst and its history, not just boats.

Thank BrianArmagh
Reviewed 3 June 2018

This small museum has a good range of Shetland-built open fishing boats of various ages and design. Added to that there are good displays of tools, along with storybooks explaing the hitory involved. There is a guide who will answer questions; I don't know if...More

Thank TormodMM
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