Getting to Shetland by Sea
Northlink Ferries has departures seven nights a week in both directions on the Aberdeen-Lerwick route all year round, with up to three calls a week at Kirkwall, Orkney, en route.
The two 'cruise ferries' on the route - the Hjaltland and the Hrossey - are very comfortable with an extremely punctual service: you'll be in Lerwick at 7.30am on the dot (although you don't have to leave the ship until you've enjoyed a leisurely breakfast). These car ferries have comfortable ensuite cabins.
For full details and bookings visit the Northlink Ferries website.
Getting to Shetland by Air
There are several flights per day, year round, to and from the major Scottish airports making Shetland an easy destination to reach by air. There is also a twice weekly flight to and from Bergen in the summer.
Loganair operates frequent daily flights to Shetland from Aberdeen (55 mins), Edinburgh (1 hour 25 mins), Glasgow, Inverness and Orkney, with onward connections. You can also book flights through the British Airways website which is useful if you have connecting flights on the BA network.
Bergen Air flies from Bergen, Norway, to Shetland throughout the year and there is a twice weekly service to Bergen operated, by Loganair, in the summer.
Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd operates Shetland's main airport at Sumburgh, 25 miles south of the county town of Lerwick. The airport is on the service bus route and has a taxi rank and hire car desk. Free short-term and long-term parking is available at Sumburgh.
Getting to UNST
Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01595 745804).
This is a road and ferry journey. Follow the main road A970 and A968 north to the ferry terminal at Toft. Sumburgh to Lerwick is about 35 minutes, Lerwick to Toft about the same. The Yell Sound crossing is 20 minutes; the ferries have comfortable seating and toilets and hot drink machines. From the terminal at Ulsta follow the road through Yell with scenic views over Yell Sound and the north mainland of Shetland to Gutcher, from where the ferry crosses to Unst (crossing 10 minutes). Belmont is easily visible from Gutcher as you look across from Yell, and as you drive off the ferry it stands to your left above the sea. The way into the house is signposted from the main road.
Once you get to Belmont House, there is a private parking area at the rear of the house with easy access to the porch.