Sunday, 2 June 2013

Gill Burn, Mangaster...

A friend of ours has wanted to go out to look at Gill House, a house you can see out on the edge of Mangaster Voe on your way north, so gathered all our kids and someone else's, a picnic and set off for a leisurely stroll...


Mangaster voe...


It's a nice walk along an old track alongside the Voe. On a day without the kids it would be nice to walk right around to Nibon; it's a lovely stretch of coast...




It's not far to the old house at all...


But the best bit was the beach at the bottom of Gill Burn. A great sheltered spot with a little jetty too...





We explored the beach and rocks a bit, had a few snacks and then just for fun had a fire and cooked a few limpets. With a few kids helping we miss timed the cooking of the limpets and oddly they turned out more like pork scratchings! That might have been a good thing though! Here they are before their unintended cremation...


You can eat them raw, may be we should have done that, but it just seemed wrong. 

After a bit of pottering we headed up the hill to the house and found the remains of an old mill with a couple of millstones against the walls. These small mills are all over the place in Shetland...


Near by there are also some chambered cairns worth visiting, but we didn't have time so after a brief look across to Egilsay we headed back to the car and home for a more conventional tea!


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