Windward B&B, ScallowayOur hosts Beth and Ian are very hospitable. They built their home 35 years ago in a super position. Now their B&B accommodates usually two extra couples.
Digging peatDriving around you see these trenches from time to time, usually with a stockpile of bagged peat ready for collection.
PeatBoth types from the same trench. Very light to lift and with no strong odour. Beth explained that peat was sometimes still used for heating, but the drying process is complicated - stacking, turning, restacking. In all the peat is handled 15 times before it makes it to the fire and most people can't be bothered any more. A fun thing to do with children, she said.
Bits and Bobs...Disappointed we've only seen one Sheltland Sheepdog, and that was in the back of a car. Lots of sheep in paddocks and wandering beside the many secondary, one-lane roads. Not too many crofters now but the term is still used and the Crofters Act 1886 still regulates the (mainly sheep) farming activity. The islanders won a legal battle to keep royalties from the oil and gas industry and consequently their public works are doing quite well. The large Sullom Voe Oil Terminal is in the north of the island and there is a cruise ship anchored in Scalloway for workers accommodation.