Contrary to the evidence shown in this blog over the past few days there is actually a lot more to Shetland than wool and knitting. I saw only a fraction of it (which is why we are planning to return in June … as well as Wool Week 2020) but here is a taste of the non-woolly beautiful world that is Shetland.
The view from Da Peerie Hoose as I stood outside in my pjs with my cup of tea and appreciated the magical morning light.
Channerwick south of Sandwick.
Birthday dinner at The String. Cannot recommend it highly enough though you will have to book (even if you aren’t there during Wool Week!) Live music upstairs to round off the evening. I started with scallops and belly pork.
Followed by Shetland halibut
And rounded off with one of the best cheese plates I have seen in a long while. Proper homemade oatcakes and a chutney good enough to eat on its own.
Memorial in Scalloway to the men who died on the Shetland Bus bringing agents and supplies in and out of occupied Norway during WWII.
Boat carving in the Delting Galley Shed. The Delting Up Helly Aa began in 1970 as a Senior School Festival and is now a huge festival including the communities of Voe, Mossbank, Muckle Roe and Vidlin.
The bill heads are attached to the ceiling but the sunlight streaming through the skylights made it impossible to photograph them. Here are some of the stunning shields.
Blue on blue. Small boat in Hay’s Dock outside the Shetland Museum and archives.
Waiting for a plane to land at Sumburgh airport in the south of the Mainland.
And here it comes
This is the view just to my left … note the beginning of the runway!
Looking down at the rocks below The Sumburgh Head Lighthouse.
While pretty northerly, the title of the most northern lighthouse in the UK belongs to Muckle Flugga lighthouse. The fishing up there is quite good too. This is Stuart’s 40lb cod.
View of TM Adie & Sons in Voe, for over a century one of the largest employers in the north east mainland of Shetland. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wore jumpers woven by Addie when they scaled Everest in 1953.
And finally, thank you to NorthLink Ferries for making the journey there and back so pleasant (even if everyone else did look a little green the following morning!)
See you in June Shetland.
Love Gillie x