Belmont House
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A wee video of a misty summer visit by the Donaldson family

July 11th 2018

The Donaldson arrived for a look around the gardens - and news of two vacant holiday weeks

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Stop press- late cancellation 24 June - 7 July - come to Unst for midsummer!

June 1st 2018

Late cancellation 24 June to 7 July

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Belmont at Beltane - Barbara's photographs of Unst springing to life!

May 3rd 2018

More pictures from Barbara Priest as Beltane (May Day) arrives and the daffodils bring colour to Unst.

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Barbara's photographs of springtime arriving at Belmont. Come and have a wander...

April 17th 2018

Spring arrives at the gardens of Belmont House

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The greening of Belmont: Unst springs into life

April 4th 2018

A day of blue skies and green shoots. A slideshow of pictures taken right on the cusp of spring's arrival at Belmont.

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The Belmont House Music Club!

March 15th 2018

An hour of music, curated and presented by Tom Morton, sponsored by and celebrating Belmont House

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Gourmet dining night at Belmont, with gin, whisky, wine and accommodation

January 22nd 2018

We're planning to host a gourmet dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Akshay Borges. Let us know if you, your friends or a corporate group are interested

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Have a great 2018 in "the new must-visit food destination"

January 7th 2018

Great British Food Magazine lists 10 reasons why Shetland is the place to visit for foodies - and Belmont is one!

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And a very merry Christmas from Unst's famous bus shelter

December 14th 2017

A great picture by our Sharon Calladine of Bobby's Bus Shelter at Baltasound, decorated for Christmas!

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Warm and cosy winter's day at Belmont

December 12th 2017

A warm and cosy winter's day at Belmont House

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Belmont on cover of new writer's group book

November 24th 2017

New book by Unst Writer's Group has Belmont House on cover

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Making music at Belmont House - and recording an album there

November 8th 2017

Shetland fiddle supergroup Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag wanted to make music and record it in atmospheric surroundings. They chose Belmont House

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"One of the most fulfilling projects of my career": Belmont in Homes and Interiors Scotland

October 29th 2017

Nicholas Groves-Raines, Belmont House restoration architect, on why he loves the place so much

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New video: A Living House

October 23rd 2017

Mike Finnie and Sharon Calladine explain Belmont's restoration and why you should plan to stay there

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Bookings email is working again

October 20th 2017

Bookings email issue

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Buy the Belmont Beanie Hat!

October 19th 2017

Buy the Beanie!

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The Writing Room's Magic Ferry Window

October 16th 2017

A wee video through The Writing Room Window

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Belmont in autumn sun

October 11th 2017

Belmont was looking stunning in yesterdays bright autumn sun. We checked the gardens and around the outside of the house to ensure that everything was in it's proper place and secure for the expected winter gales. The sun was shining into the house - we wished we could have stayed!

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Darker nights - looking towards Up Helly Aa!

October 9th 2017

The nights are much darker now.......

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The paint cupboard

May 31st 2017

It'll be a few weeks before we can get the garden gates painted!

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Saturday in the Belmont gardens

May 28th 2017

What a stunning sunny and warm day for our garden work! Thanks to all the volunteers who came along to help in the gardens and it was great to see so many new faces.

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Bluebells

May 24th 2017

Our Ottoman Pavilion makes a great sheltered south facing spot to sit and read or contemplate the garden.

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Belmont Gardens working day

May 22nd 2017

Trustees and volunteers will be working in the gardens at Belmont on Saturday 27 May from 10am until lunchtime. You are welcome to come along and help. If you are intending to come please let Barbara Priest know on (01957) 711512

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The view over Belmont

May 20th 2017

The view over Belmont from the nearby hill.

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Lace Knitting exclusive at Belmont - following Shetland Wool Week

May 17th 2017

SUNDAY 01 - TUESDAY 03 OCTOBER 2017 A TWO NIGHT BREAK IN THE RESTORED 18TH CENTURY ELEGANCE OF BELMONT HOUSE IN UNST INCLUDES LACE KNITTING TUITION WITH HAZEL LAURENSON, MATERIALS AND ALL TRANSPORT

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Shetland Wool Week 2017

May 9th 2017

We've got something exciting planned around Shetland Wool Week but we can't tell you what it is yet! The Shetland Wool Week programme will be launched on the 16 May, so keep a lookout on www.shetlandwoolweek.com

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Grant funding success!

April 2nd 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to have secured grant funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and LEADER (LEADER is a European Union initiative which forms part of the Scottish Government's Scottish Rural Development Programme for 2014-20). Kirsty Scott, Secretary of Belmont Trust and Mike Finnie, our Chair, are to be congratulated on the hours of work that has gone into these applications.

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More daylight to get out and about in Unst

March 26th 2017

Our hidden beach

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Creative weekends at Belmont in March

February 16th 2017

Availability on our March creative weekends

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Longer days!

February 2nd 2017

The days are becoming brighter with longer daylight hours

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Merry Christmas

December 24th 2016

We wish all our guests and friends a happy Christmas and our best wishes for 2017. We're looking forward to seeing some of you next year.

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Creative Weekends at Belmont

November 21st 2016

We are offering two creative weekends at Belmont in March. These are likely to be popular so early booking is recommended. From £245 fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals and tuition these represent great value.

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Winter break

November 9th 2016

We're planning to close in January and February to carry out a deep clean and do some painting.

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Winter light

November 7th 2016

From autumn to winter

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Shetland Wool Week 2016

October 3rd 2016

The very successful Shetland Wool Week is over for another year. Over 400 enthusiastic knitters took part. If you were unable to attend you can still read articles on Shetland Wool with some great new patterns. The photos in the Shetland Wool Week Annual 2016 were taken in Belmont House. Why not come to Shetland for next years Wool Week and spend some time at Belmont.

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Hairst

September 12th 2016

Hairst 'harvest' is over and we are into September, a month of spectacular sunsets, bright yellow low sun and the onset of windy weather. Shetland has had a very sunny summer and we are now looking towards winter. The northern lights have been spotted already and the last of the wild flowers are almost over. It's time to prepare for dark nights and get your store of firewood in.

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Belmont garden day

July 20th 2016

Happy images from yesterdays Belmont garden day. The warm sun came out after a damp start to the day. We had a garden quiz, a plant sale and a display of recent finds from the archaeoological dig at Collister in Unst including soapstone tools and bronze and iron age pottery. Thanks to everyone who came along!

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Belmont garden day

July 14th 2016

Belmont gardens are open next Tuesday 19th July. Come along, there's a family garden quiz and an opportunity to see some of the artefacts found at the National Trust for Scotlands archaeological dig at Collaster in Unst.

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Belmont sunset

July 12th 2016

Saturday evening sunset over Belmont House

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Summer weather

July 4th 2016

The BBC reporting that Shetland was the sunniest place in Britian in June. May was also sunny and July has got off to a good start too! We're having a fantastic dry and sunny summer up here in the far north. Join Us!

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Unstfest at Belmont

June 27th 2016

Visit Belmont gardens during Unstfest

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The Belmont meadow

June 20th 2016

We leave the central garden as a meadow in the early summer and only mow the paths. It's almost at its best now with the wild flowers coming into bloom.

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Belmont and the Bigga

June 5th 2016

Belmont and the Bigga, one of the two ferries that sail frequently between Yell and Unst and Fetlar.

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A training day at Belmont

May 21st 2016

A group using Belmont for a training and publicity event last week had some great weather and enjoyed the gardens as well as the house. Having lunch outside on the lawn is a treat in Shetland!

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Looking at the details on a sunny spring day

April 21st 2016

Walking around Belmont in the sunshine today, looking at the details and the garden bursting into life.

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Unst on TV

March 23rd 2016

On monday night the BBC broadcast 'An Island Parish - The island above all others'. A look at the buzzing activity in the island as it prepared for the annual summer Unst Fest.

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Sailing to Belmont

March 22nd 2016

March has been a wonderful month in Shetland, with almost no wind - not even at the equinox, and plenty of sun.

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Lucy Kellaways visit to Belmont

February 20th 2016

Read about Lucy Kellaways visit to Belmont to take part in one of our weekend workshops

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Watercolour weekend - places available

February 8th 2016

There are still some places on our watercolour weekend in March, please contact us for further details.

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Watercolour weekend at Belmont in March

January 22nd 2016

Would you like to stay in Belmont for the weekend with all food provided and learn to paint watercolour?

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Belmont in 60 North

January 13th 2016

Read about challenges and delights during the restoration of Belmont in the latest issue of 60 North magazine.

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Merry Christmas 2015

December 25th 2015

We'd like to wish all our friends and visitors a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Hairst (harvest) at Belmont

November 16th 2015

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Corn stooks at Belmont

October 28th 2015

Shetlands summer was late this year, the corn has just been harvested and is standing in stooks in the field to dry before it's taken in for winter feed.

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Winter Creative Breaks

October 22nd 2015

Here at Belmont House we are very excited to be launching our programme of winter creative breaks.

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Weddings at Belmont House

September 8th 2015

Last month saw another wedding in Belmont House, we seem to be managing at least one wedding per year since we opened.

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Drying Fish

August 3rd 2015

Dried fish is a traditional food in Shetland. Men would catch fish for their own use and salt it then hang it outside to dry.

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Fine Lace Knitting Masterclass

July 23rd 2015

Belmont House, in association with the Unst Heritage Centre and Unst Partnership, is proud to present two luxury fine lace knitting masterclass weekends

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Tidal generator in Bluemull Sound

July 20th 2015

This is the cradle for the second tidal generator being installed in Bluemull Sound. It's currenly lying on Belmont pier before being installed on site.

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More photos from our recent gardening weekend.

June 21st 2015

Here are 3 more pictures from our recent successful gardening weekend at Belmont.

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Unst a great place for summer 2015

June 12th 2015

This season is turning out to be very successful one for Belmont House with bookings throughout most of the summer weeks and we are starting to get booked up for the autumn and winter weekends.

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Belmont gardening day

June 6th 2015

We've had a busy day in the Belmont garden, painting our benches, the new pavilion and planting new shrubs and honeysuckles.

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Chef Service at Belmont House

May 11th 2015

This season at Belmont House we are delighted to be able to offer a chef service from SCJ Catering who provide the catering at Saxa Vord.

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A garden tidy up

May 7th 2015

We spent a day last week giving the garden a good tidy up after the long winter.

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Shelter from the wind

May 3rd 2015

The daisies are out. The north wind is still cold but at the front of Belmont it's sheltered and warm enough to sit out in the sun and admire the daffodils and the view south over the sea.

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Belmont daffodils

May 2nd 2015

The Belmont daffodils are looking their best.

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Art Collection

April 26th 2015

Belmont has a fine contemporary art collection by artists from Shetland and the Faroe Islands.

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Watercolour Weekend

April 11th 2015

Our Watercolour weekend was a huge success. One of people on the weekend commented the following.

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Watercolour weekend at Belmont

January 15th 2015

We still have places available on our residential Watercolour weekend from Friday 6 until Sunday March.

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The Shetland Trader - New book with photoshoot at Belmont

October 30th 2014

We are delighted that Belmont was used as the location for the video and photographs for Shetland Trader - Book Two of knitting patterns.

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Watercolour weekend at Belmont

October 17th 2014

We are hosting a residential watercolour weekend in March 2015 with local artist Mike Finnie.

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The Shetland Trader

October 10th 2014

This is a beautiful video showing the work of textile designer Gudrum Johnston, of The Shetland Trader, shot around Belmont House.

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The Hebridean Princess visits Unst

July 31st 2014

One of the most exclusive cruise liners in the world called in at Unst this week.

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Garden weekend

July 30th 2014

In July we held one of our garden weekends where friends and volunteers come to help.

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Belmont Wedding

July 30th 2014

Family photographs from the recent wedding at Belmont.

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Walking in Unst

April 9th 2014

Visitors from outside Shetland often ask us about access to the countryside and where they can walk.

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Fault Line exposed

March 2nd 2014

Unst is a geologists paradise as is much of Shetland.

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Grouse, Woodcock and Trout

February 5th 2014

Here's an advert for Belmont from 1932.

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Northern Lights

December 10th 2013

We were reading that, according to NASA scientists, the current period of solar maximum activity, governed by an 11 year cycle, will reach a new peak next month allowing people to see the 'Northern Lights' if they are in the right place, and with little cloud cover.

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Visitors Book

November 29th 2013

Folk often admire the Belmont visitors book, beautifully crafted by Mary Fraser.

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Belmont Kirk sale

November 19th 2013

One of the event sof the Unst autumn calendar is the Baltasound Kirk sale, not to be missed.

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Autumn Migrants flock to Unst!

October 27th 2013

The autumn migration of birds is well underway with many rare species being reported throughout Shetland.

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Northern Lights

October 10th 2013

Last night Facebook and other social media sites were buzzing with reports of sightings of the Northern Lights.

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Shetland Wool Week

October 7th 2013

It's Wool Week in Shetland and the place is buzzing with visitors.

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