Day 167 - 14 August - Beautiful Shetland

Trip Start Mar 01, 2011
Trip End Oct 24, 2011

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Arrived in Lerwick around 7.30am - drove off the ferry and up into the town, parked up and went for a walk.  Wandered back down to the harbour and Leon took some lovely photos of boats and their reflections whilst we were waiting for the shop to open.  Sunday morning, so no one was in a hurry to get to work.

We have decided to take the advice of our friend we met at the Mull of Kintyre and stay on the island of Unst but thought we would drive down the bottom end of this island which is known as the mainland. 

Drove by lovely seaside villages, Quarff and came across Levenwick which was also very pretty, drove right down to the end of the island to Sumburgh Head and then headed back up taking one of the side roads to nearby St Ninian's Isle - attached to the mainland by a tombolo (which is another word for a sandbar or spit) this was about 500 mtrs long - lovely white sand and amazingly smooth flat stones, apparently called phyllite schist pebbles.  Boy I wish I could afford a container to ship home some of the beautiful rocks and pebbles we have seen on our trip!!!

We wandered across this tombolo and onto this small island.  There was a walk to follow which we did most of the way, but the cliffs kept dragging us towards them.  Leon manages to get a lot lot closer the edge than I would go but with views like these you really want to get close.  Walked right over to the furthest point on the island in amongst all the sheep.  They seem to have velcro hoofs - as I dont know how they manage to stand on the cliff walls like they do. 

I decided that I need to plank here as well Dad - you would be proud of me AGAIN!  What a view.  Lovely couple worked out how to take their own photos - so proceeded to take quite a few - some not so successful.

Wandered slowly back to the car and realised that we had to catch two more ferries before we would reach Unst.  So headed north with only a couple more stops.  One at Voe village - very pretty.  Drove on to Toft where we caught the 20minute ferry to Ulster on the island of Yell.  Then drove pretty well straight to our next ferry on the north coast of Yell at Gutcher and took our 10 minute ferry ride to Belmont on Unst.  These car ferries are exactly what we need for Wagait Beach - (come on someone buy one and take it home for us!).

Time to look for accommodation.  Wanted to stay as north as possible as this was as far away from home that we would be going.  Found a hostel called Saxa Vord Resort in the village of Haroldswick on the north east coast.  Had a twin room in a huge complex.  Booked in went up to the nearby radar station for some sunset photos and then along the road a bit further to Norwick where we saw our first otter - way to fast to take a photo.  Beautiful full moon. 

Back to hostel for dinner and a night of restful sleep.
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