It may look like a barren moonscape, but Keen of Hamar’s bare, stony scree supports a unique collection of plants. This reserve is home to plants that have adapted to survive on the rare serpentine rock found on Unst, Shetland.
Edmondston’s chickweed – which is unique to Britain’s most northerly island – is the star attraction. Several more common plants show unusual growth forms.
Keen of Hamar is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.
Just off the A968, a little beyond the village of Baltasound. Signposted from this road. The reserve is a 200m walk from the car park. A daily bus service runs between Lerwick and Baltasound. Making the return journey on the same day would only allow for a very rushed visit, however. Easy walking ground.
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- Car park
- Wildlife viewing
nr Baltasound, Unst, Shetland, National ZE2 9TW