Unst – Day 2

After breakfast and having packed our stuff back into the cars, Paul, Emma, Tristan, and I went to the Unst Boat Haven, while the others went to Muness castle. Following a short stop at a playground afterwards, we headed to the beach near Haroldswick.

On the way back to catch the ferry afterwards, we stopped off at the Viking boat, Skidbladnir, which is a part of the Viking Unst project (http://www.vikingshetland.com/), run by Bradford University, and sits amid a whole host of Viking archaelogy on the island, including as yet uncovered Viking longhouses.

The Skidbladnir is worth a visit – it’s staffed by Keith Prosser and Tony Sherratt – enthusiastic members of the Viking Unst team and offers a real hands-on experience of Viking skills, all in the setting of a replica longship, which had been due to cross the Atlantic from Sweden to North America as part of a flotilla of Viking Longships a few years ago, but had to drop out when it ran into a few problems.

Following our visit to the Skidbladnir, we made the dash across Unst to catch our ferry back to Yell, and then back to Mainland, arriving back at Paul and Teresa’s mid-evening.

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