Saturday, 19 May 2012

West of Westerwick and a few bits more...

It's been a pretty packed week here in Shetland. Not only was Bill Bailey up on his Qualmpeddler Tour ( a brilliant show), Neil Oliver was up here filming coast (look out for a blue 306 with roof bars), but it was Norway Day on Thursday with the Norwegian Prime Minster here to open the new Scalloway Museum and there have been (and still are) celebrations galore going on in the village.

I was working, but Clare and Beren were in the village the whole day taking part in the processions and other celebrations. As part of it we had a number of visiting boats in the harbour, some that were involved in The Shetland Bus during WW2

Here is the fully restored Hitra, a submarine chaser that was given to Norway during the war and used between Shetland and Norway. A floating museum that I wish I had more time to look around...

 


The Norwegian Coast Guard also sent over their fantastic vessel KV Bergen. Looking around that was a real eye opener.


The view of Scalloway from the bridge of KV Bergen...


There were several other boats here just for the celebrations, a market, food and music stage in The Muckle Yard. 


There's been more on today and a Viking Feast on tonight, but we've been out and about on this fine day and having our own feast on the cliffs out past Westerwick.

The day started as wonderfully as it went on. While Clare kindly mucked out and washed my car Beren and I went for a play in the park before going to a friends for lunch.


After lunch we packed a picnic and before picking up some other friends for a walk we went up to the Burradale Turbines for a wander. These are babies compared to the beasts that will in all probability grace the central hills of Shetland in the near future...


By late afternoon we were whizzing along out to Westerwick. We've walked the coast east of Westerwick and further north at Culswick, all of it amazing, but not this short stretch to the west of the bay.


It was great to look down and remember kayaking round here nearly 2 years ago with Beren, in and out the caves. Our friend's had never been out here before and were pretty taken with the spectacle.


Looking across the bay, Fitful Head in the far distance...


Looking back to Westerwick itself...


With two bairns with us we weren't going very far, just to The Nev opposite the large stack of Giltarump. It was enough for them, they wanted to run and chase and these cliffs aren't the place for them to do that. So a leisurely pottering and picnic was the order of the day.


Giltarump standing on it's own, with Culswick being the next headland along and Vaila in the far distance to the left...


You can just make out the mound of Culswick Broch on the headland if you know what you're looking for. Certainly an impressive headland for one...


 It was one of those evenings that you could just hang out in for ever, but the two bairns had had enough of it, so it was back to the car with a cheery wave to Foula, who was looking as enigmatic as ever in the distance...



On the way back we had a rare treat and stopped at The Westings Inn on Wormadale for a drink and a packed of crisps. I really wished we didn't have the kids for that moment, I could have sat in the window with a pint all night looking at the beautiful scene spread out to the west.


Anyway, light as it is, I best get off to bed now as tomorrow is forecast to be more of the same. If the winds stay light we might go for a paddle on Strom Loch...

3 comments:

  1. As always your photography is stunning. just love your blog....thank you :)

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  2. Thank you! Not such a stunning day to day, but still great :o)

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  3. Lovely Pictures - its a lot cooler today. Heading out to some of the halls for the plants sales.

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