The Keen of Hamar

A small hill on the Shetland island of Unst, the Keen of Hamar rises to 89m (292 feet) on the east coast of the island between Baltasound and Haroldswick. The hill is bounded by sea-cliffs on its eastern side. The Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserve on the northern and western slopes of the hill protects a unique collection of plants that inhabit the barren serpentine scree which characterises this summit.

There are the remains of a Coastguard lookout on the hilltop and a radar station was established here early in the Second World War, but this was dismantled in August 1940. Subsequently transmitter masts were periodically sited here until the late 1970s.

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