Friday, 26 April 2019

Windy Westerwick Wander


It was my birthday this week. but I was too busy on the day to take it off, so Clare and I took Friday off, and being my birthday it was my choice of what to do. A walk around the Westerwick coast it was to be then!

With brisk SE winds still with us we decided to leave one car at Culswick and start the walk from Scarvister. It's no fun spending all your time battling a head wind. The walk ended up being 11.5km and Clare keep my pace down for the good of my current health, so it took us just short of 4 hours with plenty of stops for photos and the odd snack.


Looking towards The Nev and Giltarump from near Moulie Loch on Skelda Ness...


The coast that awaited us...


Clare likes to stop and sit. I like to occasionally too, but not so often and not for so long!


The coast is eaten away with deep geos and the remaining stacks are very impressive...



We kayaked around here many years ago when Beren was a toddler and visited many of the beaches and explored the caves. It's something we'd like to do again one day now he's old enough to appreciate it.



Looking in to Westerwick itself...


And across to the other side of the bay where our walk would continue...


Looking out to sea from Westerwick...


And leaving it behind as we head on to The Nev on our way to Culswick...


Giltarump standing off the end of The Nev...


The enormous stack of Giltrarump. You can see this from Scalloway Light, it really stands out.


See the face in the cliff? Culswick broch was visible standing on the high mound in the distance.



Looking across The Stead of Culswick and nearly at the end of our walk...


Thanks for a nice birthday walk Clare, now what shall we get for tea? I think we've earned it!



Monday, 22 April 2019

A wander around Noss Hill and the coast


Clare's still away, Beren's was on a sleep over and it was a fantastic Easter Monday here in Shetland, so I went down towards Spiggie to go for a steady wander around a bit of coast I've not been around before. The chunk between Fitfull Head and Spiggie.


9.5km in about 2.5 hours just taking it easy and taking photos and video with my phone on the way. I parked up at the boat house on Spiggie Loch and then headed south on the road.


Spiggie Beach...




Looking back towards the car with The Ward of Scousburgh...


Some of the WW2 remains of the radar command chain on Noss Hill. As usual all the buildings were full of rubbish, mud, sheep muck and the odd dead sheep, so I didn't explore!




Looking south to Fitful Head...



 There are a few impressive promontories along the coast. This is Landvillas... 


And The Stack 'o da Noup...


And plenty of unnamed stacks (atleast on OS) and the odd small arch...


Near the end there is a fantastic view of the Isle of Colsay with St Ninian's Isle straight behind it. Lovely...



The walk finished with heading back in to Spiggie beach and then back to the car...


 It was a very fine wander on an amazing day! 

And here's a short video of it too...






Saturday, 20 April 2019

Saturday stroll and Clickimin Broch...


Beren had a party this morning, Clare's sooth on a retreat, and I had time to kill so I went for a slow wander with my camera around Clickimin Loch and out on Sea road. About 7km with lunch stop at Fjara...


Stitched panorama of the broch (70mm lens)...


10mm samyang. Adds a bit more drama?







There were a few swans and other birds on the loch. I saw one swan sailing down wind almost the full length of the loch, wings arched up and just pushed along.


I popped in to a busy Fjara for a chicken quesadilla and a coffee. Very nice, but a bit dribbly. The quesadilla!


And then continued my wander out a long sea road. A couple of seals, bobbing in the sea, some otter spraint, but no Humpback whales like the one that cruised through the harbour yesterday! I missed it as I was home and sofa bound.

I did see my first terns of the year and a few other birdies on the walk though.

Turnstone...


Black headed gull...


Great northern diver...


Oyster catcher...


Redshank...


Merganser...


Mallard...


And a nice iridescent starling...


 It took a bit out of me, despite the slow wander. I was down at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Thursday for a CT cardiac scan and calcium scoring. Hopefully I'll get to see my consultant in a few weeks with the results and find out what's wrong and how they'll fix me. Fingers crossed!