I had the chance of a whistle stop visit to Unst on Thursday. My first visit and it was very much a winter wonderland. I'm sure now, like the rest of Shetland, the thaw has cleared it up dramatically though. Now we've got gushing burns, waterlogged ground and even the snow on Rona Hill has pretty much gone, except for the deeper patches in the gullies and the like.
Waiting at the ferry at Toft and Gutcher were the first unfortunates up here I've seen, going from car to car, begging, hoping for some season's cheer, but getting the cold shoulder. May be if they'd offered to clean windscreens instead of tapping on windows they's have more luck?
The race across Yell for the ferry to Unst was a bit slower than usual. The roads weren't great, but the views were. Unfortunately zooming along in a car doesn't make for great photos. Trust me, looking across to the blanketed North Mavine and Ronas Hill was breath taking.
A snowy Yell
About to board the ferry to Unst at Gutcher
Underway with Fetlar in the far distance
A welcoming to Unst
It was rather snowy! Clare was dropped of at her appointment and we made our way where we could, being limitted to the main road, which as you can see wasn't ideal. We took in a few sights though. We couldn't get down to the beach at Burrafirth or Haroldswick due to solid ice on the final hills to both. We did see the Unst bus stop and go to the near by cafe though.
Near Haroldswick a Viking long boat was being reconstructed. The Skidbladner,a full size reconstruction of a long boat and a ccompanying long house were obviously being delayed by the weather, but it meant we could have a nose about.
A Shetland Yoal (23ft) for scale (nice trolley!)
Nearby is seemed the pretty ponies had discovered underfloor heating. Poo everywhere, let it melt the snow and then stand there!
The sheep weren't so lucky
Arriving on Unst the sun was only getting up and by now it had had enough and was getting ready for bed again!
We managed to pop down to Baltasound Pier too
Spied a seal or two having a breather along with one of my favourite birds, the heron or hegri.
And then it was time to be heading back for the ferry to Yell then Toft and home.
The Plinky Boat at Belmont on Unst
'Salist a meenit and hae a ton on da plinky boat afore du gengs' and plinky plonk I did, it was great!
Looking back to Toft