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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands August 17th 2019

Shetland. Hillswick 45 miles. After waking up to rain these past two days, for a surprise we woke up to rain again today although it was only very gentle and there was very light wind from the south. This was great news as we are heading north today firstly up the east side and the tail wind is every cyclists dream. Breakfast, for the more domesticated of us, was home made porridge with banana and jam. The molly coddled crew of three went to the Peerie cafe in Lerwick again and then to the supermarket to find some food for Unst. Five of us then headed off under a heavy sky and low cloud. The scenery going around the lochs and coastline was very good and would have been stunning on a sunny day, but alas ... read more
Coffee break. .
View from hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 18th 2017

Ullapool – Thurso …. travel all day ;;; bus to Inverness then train to Thurso Spend two sleeps in Thurso … visit John o'Groats and get chinese for dinner...work on blog in breakfast room Shiela from Thurso House drops me at ferry terminal... cast off for Stromness ...then bus to Kirkwall … only a half hour... spend long wet noisy day in Kirkwall... long and not inspiring ... board ferry for Lerwick at 23.45 Arrive Lerwick 07.00 ...stay on board till 09.00 Taxi to Eddlewood Guesthouse. Room ready tanksbetogot at ten in the morning ... a lot of concentrated travel...who planned this crazy trip???? One sleep in Lerwick... after leaving pack at Guesthouse begin to wander around Lerwick. First stop ... the Public Library housed in a converted church... did not notice previous denomination. Copied a ... read more
To the Library
A Manse
Room at Eddlewood Guesthouse

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 17th 2017

Coming from Inverness the railway passes thru Thurso and then continues on to Wick where there is also an airport. The stay at Thurso House B&B was like being at home. Shiela and her husband were extremely welcoming. The town itself is small filled with stone built houses and buildings. The walls of these houses are over two feet thick ...50cm ? Never did see the shops...to busy planning to go to the most northeastern tip of the UK. "John o' Groats lies on Britain's northeastern tip, and is popular with tourists as one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land's End in Cornwall lying 876 miles (1,410 km) to the southwest. It is not the most northerly point on the island of Britain." (from wiki) Nearby Dunnet ... read more
Moss to Stone...Stone to Moss
Church as Guide in Thurso
Thurso-Chinese Food

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands June 4th 2017

Da es das Frühstück heute bis 10:00 gab, konnte ich prima ausschlafen. Morgen wird das leider anders sein. Das Essen war sehr reichhaltig und ich hatte einen schönen Platz am Fenster. Danach ging ich auf Deck und es war ziemlich neblig. Anschließend bin ich in die Kabine, wo ich dies und das machte. WoW, Internet und Travelblog für gestern. Zur Kaffeezeit bin ich wieder in eines der Restaurants und habe etwas getrunken. Die Vorbeifahrt an den Shetlands war für etwa 16:00 angekündigt und dazu bin ich wieder an Deck. Bei der ersten Inselgruppe war es wieder etwas nebelig, aber nicht so sehr wie am Morgen. Kurz danach begann mein Abendessen. Diesmal war ich richtigerweise in der ersten Gruppe und hatte wieder einen schönen Platz am Fenster. Auch heute war das Essen wieder sehr gut. Es gab ... read more
Vorbeifahrt an den Shetland-Inseln.
Vorbeifahrt an den Shetland-Inseln.
Der Tag begann mit einem guten Frühstück am Fenster.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands June 7th 2014

At Sea between Denmark and Scotland--Wednesday, June 4th Earth, Wind, and Fire: Powering Northern Europe and the World was the topic of Valerie’s lecture today. She spoke on renewable energy like the grid of wind mills seen in several off-shore places we passed. North Sea oil and gas platforms that we might sail past and other sources of energy being used by the Shetland Islands, Iceland, and other “green” countries. Lerwick, Mainland Island, the Shetland Islands, Scotland--Thursday, June 5th The town of Lerwick, sitting on the west coast of the island of Mainland, is the capitol of all of these islands. It dates to the 17th century and sits on an excellent natural harbor. Once we disembarked, we were handed a brochure with an excellent map of the town with useful information printed on it like ... read more
1406-49 Drilling platform on North Sea- A
1406-50 Drilling platform on North Sea- B (under construction)
1406-51 Gull welcoming us to the Shetlands

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 21st 2012

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 12th 2012

Well, we've hit the road! On Wednesday at 3pm after a couple of delays and a couple of hours at Tesco's, we hit the road in the Mercedes 308D camper van, Sarah driving and me looking after Honey and Zebedee, the two dogs. Looking after = being squashed by. Reached 50 miles south of Edinburgh and stopped the night in a road layby with a large truck. Camper was cold but Zebedee decided he liked my bed and so lay across my converted couch. On Thursday we took the dogs for a walk at around 9am, the hit the road again and reached Aberdeen by 3pm, bought the two dogs some nice warm coats, and got onto the ship that was taking us to Shetland Islands. More updates of the boat ride and the first day ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands September 7th 2012

In 2005, we spent two weeks exploring Scotland and fell in love with the country. Hopping off our flight in the Shetland Islands, we acknowledged that it is good to be back on Scottish soil. The green rolling hills and craggy coastline are so inviting. Our day started early leaving for the Reykjavik airport at 5am giving us plenty of time for airport security and all the other nonsense that you encounter when traveling. We landed safely in Glasgow and had a 7- hour lay over waiting for our flight to the Shetlands…. as you can imagine there are only so many flights to the islands. The initial plan was to do a little driving and sight seeing and also catch some local music that we had read about. More on that later. We find ourselves ... read more
Rugged Coastline
Craggy Coastline
The Ponies of Shetland

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands February 19th 2012

A retrospective entry as my first - this one was more of a work trip than a proper travelling experience, but I was on Yell for three weeks, staying with a really lovely couple in Mid Yell and managed to get a few good walks, some awesome wildlife spotting and Up-Helly-AA in. So, as a word of forewarning, there won't be too many tips about accomodation and getting around, as most of that was sorted for me, but hopefully a good read nonetheless! Getting there: Getting to Yell was an absolute nightmare, although not the most difficult place I'd ever tried to get to (at least there is a regular ferry!). I left the accomodation I was in on the Saturday morning and headed with all my belongings in a rucksack (the rest was at my ... read more
Muckle Flugga
Seal at Yell
Seals

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 17th 2011

Damnit, I had just written my next entry but the net died. Stupid hostel. Oh yea, and I'm in Edinburgh; don't know where it is in the locations we get to select So anyway, I think my last entry had me saying something about something. Can't remember. So my last few days in London were fun, I didn't have any places to stay and was pretty much homeless until 7:30 Friday and Saturday nights. From now on, I think I may have to book those days in advanced … but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Eventually I found hostels and had to pay a bit more than I had hoped, but they were fun because they ended up having bars and well, met some cool people while watching the soccer. Saturday in London ... read more




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