Sunday, 26 May 2013

Around and about Vementry aboard Märta II

My friend Martin and I went out for a short trip on Märta this weekend. We set off from her new birth in Voe and headed out to Vementry. 


It was a real treat to see the terns fishing and pairing up on the breakwater there. I also heard my first cuckoo since coming to Shetland.





Here's a video with some snippets of our trip. No great wildlife to be seen, but plenty of fantastic scenery...


Leaving Voe behind on our first trip from this marina...


Bridled Guillemots...


We saw quite a few puffins on the water but they have a habit of diving just before I get close enough for a photo...


We also saw plenty of the regular sea birds and seals, but no cetaceans or otters this time.

It was a stunning day with not a puff of wind as we motored along Muckle Roe...


Muckle Ayre is a lovely beach at the end of the Muckle Roe road...


Muckle Roe lighthouse in the distance...


Looking across from Muckle Roe to Vementry...


Mexican sausage butties on what would be our home for the night...


There's surely no better place to be on a day like this!


After our late lunch we went for a walk to the old WW1 gun emplacements on Swarbacks Head. They are very impressive just like the views.

Looking to Sandness Hill and Papa Stour in the distance...



Looking over to Muckle Roe and up to North Mavine...


An old observation post...


On our way back to the boat we passed these remains of a chambered cairn. There's not much left to see, but there is the remnants of the chamber clearly visible...


While we were out on our walk the wind was building and after speaking to some other boat owners who paid a brief visit to the jetty we headed back out to sea for a sail around the island.

Heading back out towards Muckle Roe, this time under sail...


The winds were very light but after a couple of tacks to get out west of the islands we were able to follow the coast south for some way before winding our way back up through Cribba Sound and the narrows at Vementry that separates Cribba from Uyea Sound. As the evening drew to a close we were back on the jetty for the night with the promise of a better wind for our sail home in the morning.

While Martin fiddled with the boat I headed up the steep hill above us to a big heel shaped chambered cairn on the top of Muckle Ward. The view down to the boat was fantastic, you wouldn't think it was 10pm!

Our boat on the jetty in Northra Voe with Papa Stour in the distance...


Wonderful...


I'd had aurora alerts all day and the sun was setting, but this close to the simmer dim I'd be unlikely to see any northern lights as it doesn't get that dark. As you can see the clouds were also in the way of the sunset, but it was still a fantastic evening to be up on top of a hill with no one else around.

Looking over the chambered cairn back towards Brae...


Looking over Swarbacks Head with Roans Hill in the distance...


And that was the weekend that was. I'm keeping everything crossed for the end of this week when I'll be spending a couple of nights on Fair Isle at the bird observatory, should be great...

5 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to get out there for years! Such a perfect day for it yesterday!

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    1. Yes it was and a lovely day. Victor Grey does trips from Aith and another guy does them from Brae. Not cheap but worth it on a fine day.

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  2. Amazing scenery, I can't wait to share Shetland with our youngest daughter and her partner when they come up with us in August. Fantastic photos as usual...thank you.

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    1. Cheers. You should check out http://www.shetlandmarinecharters.com/ if you want a trip out arounf vementry or muckle roe when you are up. Nice bloke,nice boat, reasoanble price and only takes 5 on board so you get your own trip.

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    2. Thanks I'll take a look!

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