Shetlands

By Steve • • 12 Jul 2012
Uyea-Old-Harbour

This is the old harbour at Uyea on Unst (pronounced "you ye a").

Standing-Stone

This is the Clivocast standing stone and is about 3m tall. It is an ancient sailing mark and also believed to show the place where a viking by the name of Harold Harfager was killed around 900AD.

Shetland-Ponies

Well I couldn't have a slideshow of Shetland without ponies, could I?

Muness-Castle

Muness Castle dating from 1598 and built by the tyrant Laurence Bruce. It is in remarkably good repair and easy to imagine how it was once finished.

Unst-Boat-Haven

The Unst Boat Haven, a museum exhibiting examples of wooden Shetland boats and explaining the herring fishery, amongst other things.

Baltasound-Bus-Shelter

The "tourist" bus shelter at Baltasound, Unst. The shelter is decorated by locals to a current theme. At the time of the photo it features the Queen';s Jubilee.

Norwick-Fault

The east of Unst is an ophiolite - a section of the Earth's crust from beneath the ocean that collided with an ancient continent and was pushed up onto it 420 million years ago. At Norwick you can stride across the point where ophiolite and continent meet. The dark rock to the left of the photo is the ancient continent and the lighter to the right the ophiolite. Here you step from the rocks of an ancient landmass to rock that originated deep below the ocean bed, within the Earth's mantle. Norwick is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Who said this site wasn't educational!

Norwick

Cottages at Norwick, Unst

Muckle-Flugga

Muckle Flugga lighthouse built by David and Thomas Stevenson and first lit on 11 October 1854. It is built from brick and was manned until 1995. You can see Out Stack, the most northerly British Isle to the right of the photo.

Valhalla-Flyer

The Valhalla Brewery's publicity flyer.

John-at-Helm

John Grainger at the helm.

Amenity-Block-Burravoe

The amenity block, Burravoe. The roof is a lifeboat from the SS Canberra.

Bain's-Beach-Lerwick

Bain's Beach, Lerwick

Shetland-Ferry

This is a standard inter island Shetland ferry. This one is running between Unst and Yell.

Symbister-Harbour

Symbister harbour berths some of the largest pelagic trawlers in the British fleet. We were told they only go to sea for two or three months a year and pay for themselves and their crew in that short time. They are the vessels at the back of the harbour, Emma Louise is at the right of the bottom left hand group.

Mid-Yell

Mid Yell Pier

Hanseatic-Booth-Symbister

Symbister, the main port of Whalsay, was a Hanseatic trading post in the summer months and this booth was used by German merchants.

Muckle-Flugga-from-sea

Here is another view of Muckle Flugga, this time from seaward.

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