Geology

Unst’s history is largely dependant on its position and its peculiar geology.

The island of Unst, in Shetland, had a strange beginning with its dramatic birth during an ancient upheaval which left Unst straddled over two very different tectonic plates. This geological freak has played an important role by leaving deposits of many minerals including chromate and steatite, ‘soapstone’, which was used by the early inhabitants to make pots and pottery.  Unst has an important role to play in Shetland’s Geo Park.

Unst Geology Map

Unst Geology Map

The Island’s geographical position as Britain’s furthest North has also had a huge impact over the years, with Unst playing a crucial part in Britain’s defence system in the two World Wars and the Cold War.