Thursday, 3 November 2011

North Nesting: A days coasteering.

Some times work is work, but other times work is amazing fun. Today was one of those days.

We had a trip booked in for a group to go coasteering.  When you plan an activity you can pretty much bet the weather will put on a show, so it was with some trepidation that we arrived at work today with a forecast of 30mph+ South-Easterlies gusting to 50mph along with drizzle and a big South-Easterly swell too.

Nothing out of the ordinary for here at this time of the year, but coasteering involves navigating a bit of coast around the rocks and headlands, climbing, scrambling but also swimming and jumping in. Yes swimming in the North Sea, in Shetland, and a big sea at that in November. You may ask why, well it's a bloody good laugh!

Luckily we had good thick wetsuits and gear to wear and a relatively sheltered section of coast to play on up in North Nesting near Kirkabister and Hogg Island. On a better day there are caves you can swim in a more places to explore, but today it was adventure enough scrambling the rocks, jumping from them and swimming from place to place. I really can't wait to do it again and I've got a long standing appointment to do it up on Nibon Isle in North Mavine where there are some spectacular cave and geos to jump into.

Oh, can't believe I nearly forgot, we also got a great view of an otter scampering about on the rocks for a minute. It's not in the following short video of some of our fun, but it was a lovely sight.

Anyway hope this gives you a taste for the north sea in November...

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