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Not to be confused with Skaw, Whalsay
The road to Skaw
Island: Unst
Grid reference: HP657163
Location: 60°49’30"N, 0°47’28"W
Post town: Shetland
Postcode: ZE2
Dialling code: 01806
Local Government
Council: Shetland
Orkney and Shetland

Skaw is a tiny settlement on Unst, the northernmost inhabited island of Shetland and consequently of the United Kingdom. Skaw, found north of Haroldswick on a peninsula in the north-east corner of the island, is the most northerly settlement in the United Kingdom.[1]

The burn of Skaw flows from the uplands to the west through the constellation of small crofts that make up Skaw, and then east into the Wick of Skaw, a bay of the North Sea. A sheltered sandy beach lines the coast of the Wick of Skaw.

During Second World War, the Royal Air Force built a Chain Home radar station at Skaw. A combined Coastal Defence U-Boat and Chain Home Low station was also built at Saxa Vord; after the war this became a ROTOR radar station. RAF Saxa Vord continued as a radar station after the end of the ROTOR programme.

The unclassified road from the B9087 to Skaw is the most northerly road in the UK road network.

Walter Sutherland, a former inhabitant of the northernmost cottage in the United Kingdom, was reportedly the last native speaker of the Norn language.

See also

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Skaw)


  1. "Overview of Skaw". Scottish Places. Retrieved 13 December 2014.