Cullivoe

Facilities:
Toilets, fresh water, fuel, telephone, shop, post office, waste reception, waste oil disposal, slip, repairs and chandlery, boat hoist (crane truck for hire), engineering services, bus service, car hire, taxi service.

Cullivoe in North Yell lies on the western shore of Bluemull Sound. The harbour, built in 1991, remains the most active on the island and is accessible in all states of the tide, sheltering both a pier and marina.

It makes a good base for exploring the rest of the island, especially with R.G. Jamieson and Son’s taxi service based nearby (01957 744214), as well as one of the most obliging shopkeepers in Britain – R. S. Henderson, who also sells marine diesel (01957 744248). The Pier also becomes a party venue during the first weekend of July when ‘Party at the Pier’ is celebrated.

Pier Marina
Depth:
6.0 metres max. 1.2 metres max.
Charge:
See table in link Yachting Charges £5 per day
Contact:
Trevor Henderson, 07887867809 Andrew Nisbet, 01957 744262

The area can be hazardous in a northerly wind during the winter months and although Yell Sound is excellently charted, north of Cullivoe there are many inshore rocks on the west coast of Unst, not all of which are accurately charted. Visiting craft should give this rock-bound coast a berth of at least two cables unless with a local pilot on board.

A cruise past the West shores of Unst will pass by Lunda Wick, overlooked by the ruined 12th Century St Olaf’s Kirk with the tombstones of two German merchants and of Thomas Mouat, who built Belmont.

Hermaness Natural Nature Reserve in north Unst is one of the wonders of the bird world. The gannetry extends onto the Muckle Flugga stacks. Beyond is the Out Stack, the full stop at the end of Britain. Extraordinary caves and natural arches buttress the eastern shore of Burrafirth, a spectacular anchorage but unsafe in northerly winds. The SNH Visitor Centre, based in the lighthouse shore station at Burrafirth, provides a great opportunity to learn more about the Harmaness NNR (01957 711278). Scribble

On the north east coast 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, geneaology and the island's famous fine lace knitting and spinning. Both centres are open daily, 2.00pm to 5.00pm, May to September.

Next door, the Haroldswick shop has a do-it-yourself cafe, and around the corner you can have your postcards franked at Britain's most northerly post office. On the eastern side of the village, Britain's only working talc mine is at Clibberswick, known also for its Viking soapstone quarry.

 

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