Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A birthday stroll on Hawks Ness, Breiwick

After a leisurely morning with breakfast in The Peerie Cafe and slobbing in front of a few MMA bouts on the PC Clare, Earl and I took a stroll out along Hawks Ness, a headland near Breiwick just north of Lerwick.

It was a nice bright day, but pretty windy especially on top of the hills. Here's a view out along it from near the start...


And looking back to the start and Fora Ness...


There are a number of little arches and caves along the coast along with some sandy and  shingley beaches. There's a big cave in this headland (Brim Ness), but we didn't try to get down to it...


Here's a nice spot just below the ruins of Houbie...


And a pretty cool arch/tunnel on the far side of Brim Ness...


The beach to the north of Brim Ness had the remains of what I assume was a ship strewn about and a great view of the remains of the broch at the end of Hawks Ness...



The site of the broch is very prominent. I didn't notice it when I sailed past here not so long ago, but from the land you can't miss it... 


Looking back to Lerwick and Bressay from the broch remains...


And across to Nesting from the broch. It was so windy it was hard to stand never mind take a photo...


We headed back across the hill line into a wind that left you breathless and with watering eyes and eventually headed back down the way we'd come as time was running out to go further.

I'm glad we did though as we came across about 6 mountain hares on the hillside looking from a distance like little white stones...



Back home we noticed some more wildlife with a collared dove nesting in next doors satellite dish!



I knocked up some pitas from Paul Hollywood's bread book and salad and Clare some chicken kebabs she'd been marinating and we finished it off with a lovely apple cake Clare had made with a icing photo of her and Beren at Westerwick on it...


Just a pity I've got to go to work tomorrow!

2 comments:

  1. Aren't the hares just lovely?
    You might find this interesting:
    http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/04/color-changing-hare-cant-keep-up.html?ref=hp&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=3e96f
    Sounds like you had a pretty sweet birthday.

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    1. They certainly can't hope to keep in syn with the weather up here! Even in a bad year we don't get that much snow really and certainly none lies enough to cover the time they are white or there abouts.

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