Gardiesfauld Hostel, Unst in the Shetlands

Our Northernmost Hostel!

We’ve been writing a lot about hostels on teh Scottish Islands recently. We’ve been excited about the remote peaceful locations. The spread of sea and windswept hill. The music and culture of small, independent-minded communities. The opportunities for marine activities. The chance to spot rare wildlife: dolphins, seals, otters and birds of all feathers. The long history of invasions and settlements and tough, generous, single-minded people.

Gardiesfauld Hostel on Unst in the Shetland Isles, could give you access to the epitome of all these things. It sits on the waterfront of Uyeasound on the southern coast in green open country spotted with a few settlements. Looking out to sea, and distracted only by the occasional fishing boat, it has fabulous views. They can sleep 35 in a range of rooms from traditional dorms to family en-suites. Kitchen, dining and laundry facilities are as you’d expect from a modern recently refurbished hostel. One visitor described it as a “Lovely hostel with great facilities and a superb view, I had a fab week. excellent value !”

Unst is the Northernmost inhabited island in Britain. That alone is enough reason for me to want to explore it! The landscape varies from spectacular cliffs beloved of seabirds to secluded sandy beaches with basking seals. When you’re this far north, remember, you experience the long, long hours of daylight and the twilight of the “simmer dim” while in winter the long nights provide the backdrop for a vibrant cultural life. Did I mention Northern Lights?

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