Sunday, 4 August 2013

Scalla Field and Crabbie Lines...

After a slightly confused morning of dropping people off and picking them up my friend and I arrived at the Burn of Lunklet out near Aith for me to find that not only had I forgotten my water and snacks, but shock horror on this fantastic sunny day, my camera! So apologies for the photos off my phone.

Our plan was to walk up past the falls and continue up the hills to Gruti Field at 275m where the map show 'The Hag Mark Stone' and then across to the Marilyn of Scalla Field at 281m before returning to the car.

There's some route details here on GPSies.com It was just over 5 miles over pretty rough ground that was boggy at times, but it was a great walk and the views from the tops on such a wonderful day were ace.

Down in the vale between the hills there was nothing to be seen but hills, sheep and the odd hare. Wonderful...


Teddy the crazy cocker spaniel enjoyed a cool off in every possible bit of water we passed and then proceeded to cool me off with his spin dry setting...


Search as I did I couldn't find the Hag Mark Stone, though on further research it seems that that is not surprising as there doesn't really seem to be much to find! There was a great view though looking north to Voe...


It's sad to think  that if Viking Energy get it's way this area will be surrounded by wind turbines and access roads. It's nice to have places that take a bit of effort to get to where you could fool yourself into thinking there is nothing else around.

Looking across from Gruti Field we could see Scalla Field in the distance,actually looking pretty imposing by Shetland standards, though it wasn't too much of a trek across Scallafield Scord to get there...


Looking north west down on Marrofield Water with Muckle Roe in the distance...


The summit. At 281m there was no worry of altitude sickness, but we were pretty much on top of the Shetland world on a fantastic day with clear views all around and no %£%£!! camera to speak of...


Looking south over Weisdale. The thin mast you can see is one of the monitoring stations for the proposed windfarm, do I need to say more...


And looking north with Muckle Roe to the left and Ronas Hill to the right in the distance...


After that it was just a knee jerking walk back down to the Burn of Lunklet and the car. The most enjoyable walk I've had in a while and well worth the effort.

Later in the evening I was out with Beren for the Shetland Crabbie Line Competition that was being held as part of Scalloway Regatta weekend. Tie a dead bit of fish on a string, let the crabs grab hold of it and then pull the line up and get the crabs...


Well that's the ideal, but with the ideal comes the actual! For all we had some beastly crabs munching on our bait as soon as we tried to lift them out the water they dropped off as did everyone else's...


Everyone was struggling and in the end various methods of getting the blighters up were used by all, with us adults all getting rather excited and competitive, but in a good humored way. Our's was essentially to sink the bucket with the fish draped over it and then pull the lot up when a crab got on the fish. I'm sure if it becomes an annual event there may be some tightening up of the rules!

Here's a few of the crabs we caught...


When the horn went off to end the competition we had 7!  A success and enough to get Beren the gold medal and certificate for the most crabs caught with the trophy for the largest crab going to another young local lad.


All the, very well fed, crabs were returned to the sea after the weigh in. Many thanks to Carina Newell and Mark Burgess who organised the event. It was a great laugh, raise money for charity and I hope it runs again next year. In the meantime we'll be off for some crabbie practice on the old piers sometime; it's exciting stuff!

Today was meant to be a sail with my friend from Bressay, but a stubborn old outboard put pay to that. Not to be put off having fun we set off on mountain bikes for the gun emplacement on Aith Ness for a tiring cycle over hill, track and rabbit holes infested grassland with a fair bit of pushing. All good fun and no injuries. It's been a busy weekend!

3 comments:

  1. I remember watching crabbing in Norfolk when ours where youngsters. Now I am on a countdown to Saturday next when we come up to Shetland for a couple of weeks.. HOORAY Will give you a wave if I spy you when we're out and about.

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  2. Hope you have a good trip! I'd get food before you get on the ferry and when you get off now as the prices seem to have gone crazy. Hope the weather behaves for you too!

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  3. Thanks for the tip, we will remember that for February if we make it then. We are flying up on Saturday and hiring a car from Grantfields. Good weather would be nice the first week to show off Shetland to one of our children and her partner who are joining us Sunday but we will be happy just being there whatever the weather :)

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