A busy day starting with parkrun on Bressay, a visit to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse visitor centre, the remarkable prehistoric archaeological site of Jarlshof, and St Ninian’s Isle.
11 June – The North
Last day on Shetland and we took two ferries across Yell to Unst, visiting Hermaness nature reserve, at the northernmost point of the UK.
Heading to the top of Hermaness HillThe semaphore station which was used to transmit messages between the lighthouse and the roadFrom the summit, the lighthouse and Out StackMuckleflugga LighthouseOut Stack, northernmost point of the country100,000 sea birds live on the cliffs hereA spaceport is under construction at the most northern village in the country. Watch out aliens.A replica Viking longhouseNext to the longhouse is this replica longship, built in Sweden with the intention of sailing to Newfoundland but only making it as far as Shetland
The White Wife as we explored the east coast of Yell on the way back to Lerwick
And so we wended our way back to Lerwick, and took the overnight ferry to Aberdeen, after two fascinating and enjoyable days on Shetland (three counting Fair Isle).
12 June – Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies
Our last trip together to the Falkirk Wheel had been before it opened, though Lucy had been alone, so it was a good opportunity for a fresh visit, including a boat trip on the rotating wheel.And never pass up the opportunity for a game of crazy golf.
Afterward we went for a short, if very hot, visit to see the Kelpies – previously glanced from the road at high speed, but much better appreciated on foot.
13 June – Shap
We stayed overnight at the Shap Wells Hotel, somewhere I’ve stayed a number of times with work, and always come away having seen red squirrels in the neighbouring woodland, so Lucy was very keen to pay a visit, and the squirrels did not disappoint.
Before setting off decisively homewards, we paid a visit to Shap Abbey – somewhere I’ve been near on a number of occasions, and regularly seen signs and seen it on a map, but never visited, so just time to put that right.