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    Posted: 13 July 2019 at 08:33
We rode back north to Lerwick but this time made a detour to St Ninian's Isle, a sunny start but the clouds soon roled in.

1. Roadside view


2. Another beach viewed from the road above.


3. This one featured basking seals, it was too cold for sunbathers. My friend Chris back home was complaining about heat and humidity, maximum temperature up here was 13 degrees C.


4. St. Ninian’s is a small tied island connected by the largest tombolo in the UK. A tombolo is a deposition landform in which an island is attached to the mainland by a narrow piece of land such as a spit or bar. Once attached, the island is then known as a tied island. We walked across and onto the track on the far right of the picture, which takes you round the island.


5.


6. View from the path


7. After an overnight stay in the capital we rode north via two ferries to Unst, the most northerly inhabited island in Britain. They have a playful sense of humour up here.


8. Replica Viking longhouse. We met a couple who had cycled 700 miles from Canterbury to Aberdeen for the Shetland ferry. They were camping and had spent the night in this longhouse at the suggestion of the locals. They’d just cycled to the end of the northernmost road in Britain and had turned round to ride back to Canterbury.


9. The Skidbladner is a full size replica of the Gokstad ship, found in a Viking burial mound in Norway in 1880. The original ship is thought to have been built during the reign of Harald Fairhar, who is said to have landed in Unst, and after whom the bay of Haroldswick is named. This type of Viking ship was suitable for a variety of purposes including trade, warfare and general travel. The Skidbladner was built by a team from Sweden who planned to sail it to North America but they only got as far as Shetland which is where the vessel stayed.


10. More Unst humour by the side of the road.
 



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Magnificent journey and images.
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It's great to see these places again, I remember them very well. Those beautiful, deserted beaches (have you been to the Outer Hebrides?), the historic(al) sites. TFS Alan!
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Thanks Howard and Leo. Yes, we've cycled in the Outer Hebrides, and the Inner though Colonsay is still on my list and I want to see the Corryvreckan whirlpool off Jura.
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Hi Alan,

Some rather lovely and interesting images there; the weather looked a great deal better than we imagine or are used to seeing on certain TV detective series of the same name! It's somewhere my wife keeps 'asking' to go but the weather does, sort of, put me off a little...

However, back to the images! The first 5 give a great sense of both the beauty and, especially, the tranquility of the place; "walking the tombolo" should be on everyone's Bucket List I reckon as that is just a wonderful piece of geology to go and experience. I also have to ask - how close did you/could you get to the seals? There are lots of places to see these fascinating animals reasonably close but I#'m always a little aware of the balance between close and too close - not for my safety but for the well-being of the seals themselves.

As for the bits of history - the house is just lovely and, even as a recreation, so unlike anything I think I would expect to see. The longboat, though, is just iconic and I do hope you moved fractionally to the left and angled the view to remove the road that side...? The steps I can cope with - part of the exhibit - but the road is just so 20th Century!

I must go back and look at your other postings from here and comment; anything like this and I'll be very pleased!

Thanks for sharing these and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2019 at 16:51
Glad you enjoyed them Neil. The seals on the beach were a long way below the road but we got a great view of seals in the harbour at Lerwick (see the cities entry), filling the frame with only my CZ 16-80.

As anywhere so far north, the weather can be benign or otherwise, but expect it to be cold. The all-time record high on Shetland is only 23 degrees and for most of our week it was around 13 with the wind making it feel much colder. We were lucky though, just one wet morning, plenty of sunshine while the wind and the lack of trees keeps the midges away.

 



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Thanks, Alan - the lack of midges makes it a definite +1 in my book then...

Best regards, Neil.
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# 9 is a fascinating ship. Do you have a side view of it and care to share?
"As anywhere so far north, the weather can be benign or otherwise, but expect it to be cold"
It does look rather foreboding
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