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The Northern Isles – 2019

As posts from the trip are submitted pins will be added to the map in this post to show our route. Click on any pin for a link to pictures and information from that location

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Delting Boat Club

A return visit to make use of the laundry facilities before travelling to Fetlar tomorrow for a couple of days via two ferries. Like our previous visit we arrived under leaden skies prior enjoying a brighter end to the day.

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North Roe and Lochend Community Hall

A community run site offering EHU, water and emptying facilities in the grounds of their local hall.

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Fethaland

A circular walk today from Isbister to the most northerly point on Shetland Mainland via the old fishing station of Fethaland.

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Eshaness

Wilding alongside the light tonight surrounded by stacks, geos, coves and blow holes including the collapsed cave Calder’s Geo which reaches 300m inland.

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Delting Boat Club

View for this evening down Busta Voe, somewhat clearer now after a driech day.

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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse

A look around the visitor centre which was being built on our first visit and an opportunity to check on the puffins which had recently arrived. Like much of the wildlife hereabouts they face increasing challenges due to climate change and plastic waste.

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Jarlshof

A remarkable prehistoric archaeological site on which you could actually enter the ruins. An amazing insight into the buildings people lived in over the ages.

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St Ninian’s Isle

Crossed the tombolo for a walk around the island passing the old chapel we visited on our first trip to Shetland. Stayed overnight undisturbed until the local farmer rode by on her quad bike to check the sheep on the island.

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Cunningsburgh Touring Park

Overnight ferry from Kirkwall to arrive at a very wet Lerwick. Found this site alongside a marina for our first night in Shetland.

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Norwegian Constitution Day

As part of the celebrations Kirkwall City Pipe Band lead a parade from the pier to the Cathedral for speeches followed by a service.

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