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Shetland Islands

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  • Day37

    Lerwick

    July 10, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Setting foot on land made us all so excited. Unfortunately, rules are different in Scotland then what we were use to in Norway, and due to corona most of Lerwick was closed. We still enjoyed this cosy little town, but going to the pub have to wait until we make it to Stornoway. We still enjoyed cute little shops, and the friendly locals. With good winds we soon continued to Orkney.Read more

  • Day99

    Muness

    December 14, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Dats wis been aroond da world 🌏 Can't quite believe we are back. It has been an absolutely amazing 3.5 months. We have managed ta pack a lot in whilst spending time in 6 countries. Everything has run so smoothly too! We hiv met family and new and old freends along da way who hiv added ta da incredible experience. 💙 We hiv so many stories and memories 💞
    Thank you fur following dis, looking forward ta seeing you all ower da festive or in 2017. 😊

    P.S. We wir delighted ta git a hom cooked roast denner.
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  • Day98

    Cullivoe

    December 13, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    It amazes me dat we got fae New York ta Cullivoe in 16.5 hours. A long day but da excitement o seeing fok is kept wis going. We managed ta catch da Cullivoe Schools Christmas Concert which wis excellent. ✈🚢 🎄Read more

  • Day3

    Lerwick: “Da Sletts”

    July 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

    As we cut through the golf course near The Knab, we got caught in a fast-moving squall that left us drenched. The good news? We were dressed in foul weather gear ... rain pants and slickers. Thus we stayed dry on the inside and were able to continue our explorations a-foot.

    We continued our walk on the paved path fronting “Da Sletts” ... sedimentary rocks that have been eroded into flat surfaces where seals love to sunbathe.
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  • Day3

    Leirwick: “Lodberries” & “The Knab”

    July 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

    Our stroll through town took us through the Lodberries — old traders’ homes with attached shops — to a paved path that led us to “The Knab.” The name of the promontory, which juts into Bressay Sound, comes from Old Norse and appropriately means “projecting knoll or crag.”

    The path took us along the rugged coastline to an overlook from which we enjoyed views of the sound and the “Horse of the Knab.” Nearby we found the ruins of WWI military defenses and the Lerwick Cemetery.
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  • Day3

    A-Wander in Lerwick

    July 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

    Mui and I set off from Nautica around 9:00a ... cold at 37F ... windy at times ... the sun barely peeking out but mostly hiding behind the clouds ... damp as well.

    As it was Sunday, the shops and such were closed ... only an occasional glimpse of the locals who live in what the Shetland website describes as “the only town” in these Scottish islands. Very few fellow passengers wandering around town ... most likely on tours going to places outside of town.

    The first part of our DIY exploration was a stroll through Lerwick ... the name of which comes from Leir Wick and means “Muddy Bay.”
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  • Day3

    Welcome to Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

    July 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

    Our first port of call of the cruise ... Lerwick ... the capital of the Shetland Islands ... the easternmost town of Scotland ... the northernmost town of the UK.

    First time setting foot in Scotland.

    With Nautica docked at Mair’s Pier, Mui and I spent the day exploring Lerwick on foot ... creating our own path by combining the route marked in red on the map with the black-dotted route that took us to The Knab and beyond.
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  • Day439

    Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland, UK

    August 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    We've arrived in Lerwick and are about to go on the BRAS (Brewery Runs Around Scotland) and Pants Trail, where everyone wears bras and underwear (called pants in the UK) on top of their clothes. 🤣😂

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day3

    Lerwick: Lunch Time!

    July 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

    My pre-cruise research had suggested that an espresso bar called Fjarå would be a good place to grab a bite to eat. When this was confirmed by a Shetlander we chatted with at The Knab, we headed there for lunch. The place overlooked Da Sletts and was a local hangout rather than a touristy place ... a bonus.

    The place was hopping when we arrived shortly before the breakfast menu changed to the lunch menu.

    Mui ordered the fish-sans-chips … made with haddock. I got the Fjarå ALT … a vegetarian BLT on a toasted bagel … with avocado in lieu of bacon. I added buffalo mozzarella to the mix. We were both pleased with our selections. I ordered a beer brewed in Lerwick — Azure … which the label on the bottle described as a light, hoppy ale. Truthfully, I didn’t care for it … too hoppy for my taste. Mui had an iced coffee that he said was quite good.
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  • Day24

    Shetland Islands

    August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    Scotland's most northerly domain is a bit more of an effort to visit, with the overnight journey between Kirkwall and the Shetland capital Lerwick taking just over 7 hours. After a solid sleep in our relatively spacious cabin, we collected our hire car and headed south. With only 2 days to explore we wanted to make the most of our time. I read somewhere that while Orcadians are crofters (farmers) who fish, Shetland Islanders are fisherfolk who croft. Nowhere in Shetland is more than 5km from the sea, and fishing and salmon farming are the mainstays of the economy, although revenue from the North Sea oil industry has boosted the economy in recent years.

    As we made our way south we were treated to stunning coastlines and rugged landscapes - Shetland is generally more mountainous than Orkney. Our destination was the Jarlshof historic site, which is located near the ariport. So close in fact that the road crosses the runway! What's most amazing about Jarlshof is that it contains the remains of buildings dating from 2500 BC to the 1600s AD. Evidence suggest that it was continuously occupied during that period before being abandoned. Like many of the archaeological sites we've visited, rising seas and coastal erosion has destroyed much of the site. Uncovered by storms in the late 1890s, it's been excavated on a number of occasions to expose a complex arrangement of buildings. Investigations have revealed layer upon layer of habitation, including late Neolithic houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, a Norse longhouse, a medieval farmstead and a 16th century laird’s house.

    By now we were feeling pretty experienced when it came to these types of buildings, but we were still pretty amazed with the excellent condition of some of the structures at this site. The most impressed attribute of this site really is its complexity - in fact it was a bit overwhelming. Or perhaps it was the wind and the rain.

    Feeling that we'd "done" Jarlshof we popped into the nearby Sumburgh Hotel for a rather ordinary lunch, before making our way north to our self-catering B and B just out of Scalloway. After settling in, it was off for a spot of grocery shopping and a wander around this quiet fishing port. Prettily coloured houses line the quiet, narrow streets. We came upon a memorial to the Shetland Bus (Shetlandsbussene), a wartime resistance movement taking wireless operators, armaments and combatants into Nazi occupied Norway and returning with refugees and resistance operatives during World War II between 1941 and 1945. After Norway was invaded in 1940, as resistance was waning and an Allied response was not fast enough in coming, some 300 vessels departed Norwegian shores with refugees escaping Nazi tyranny by heading west. Some landed in parts as wide-ranging as Iceland and England, but the majority headed for the friendly shores of Shetland. It was apparent that if these small fishing vessels could escape from Norway then the same vessels could return. This was the beginning of the Shetland Bus and more than 20 vessels were chosen to begin these operations, with no shortage of volunteers to undertake the arduous journey. The most favourable conditions for entering occupied Norwegian territory were the darkest, stormiest nights, setting the weather against the small fishing vessels as much as, if not more than, the German forces.There were almost 100 missions in total from Shetland to Norway using these small fishing vessels, which incurred the loss of 10 boats and 44 men through winter weather and German surveillance. It soon became apparent that bigger faster boats would need to be found and these came in the shape of three American sub-chasers, donated to the operation by the American Navy, which undertook a further 115 missions without loss due to their greater speed, size and armament.

    Another major feature of Scalloway is its castle - it dominates the view as you come into the village. Access is by obtaining a key from the local museum, so we figured at 6.30pm we were too late. As it happens another couple turned up with the key, evidently using the castle as a backdrop for fashion photographs, so we were able to wander around. Turns out it was built by the Earl who had also built Earl's Palace in Kirkwall. He had an equally cruel reputation on Shetland as he had on Orkney.

    Heading back to our cottage we came across of group of very friendly Shetland ponies, including one with a bit of an obsession with an old tyre. There's a certain satisfaction is meeting Shetland ponies on the Shetland Islands!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Shetland Islands, Shetlandinseln, ZET, Шетландски острови, Shetland, Shetlandsøerne, Ŝetlandaj Insuloj, Islas Shetland, Shetlandi saared, Shetlandak, Shetlandsaaret, Hetland, Sealtainn, Illas Shetland, איי שטלנד, Shetland-szigetek, Isole Shetland, シェトランド諸島, 셰틀랜드 제도, Šetlando salos, Shetlandeilanden, Shetlandsøyane, Szetlandy, Шетландские острова, Shetlandy, Shetlandsöarna

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