Sunday, 23 February 2014

Fethaland, west, east and a bit in the middle...

I had another trip up to Fethaland last week to finish checking on some things up there. It was a dry blustery day, wet under foot, but not as cold as the last couple of times I was up there.


Parking at Isbister I headed up the main track to Fethaland, the fastest way there, but not advised for walkers with dogs due to the cattle at the start. 

After passing the Loch of Upper Setter I needed to head over the moor to the western coast before heading back along the coast to Fethaland. This gave me some different and wonderful views of the Isle of Fethaland and skerries beyond.


And gives access to some lovely bays and geos...


Approaching Fethaland from the west I much nicer than the view down the main track...


After a bit of lunch at the old Haaf Station (haaf fishing) it was time to be heading back to Isbister, but this time via the Eastern coast which gave another unique view back to the isle...


There's lots of archaeology around Shetland from impressive brochs to humps and bumps and small remains like this. I've no idea of it's origin, but it's clearly old with an obvious entrance and stone walls with earth banked up around them.


And further along the coast are a number of kames with the remains of early Christian hermitages on their inaccessible heads...


I fancy a camp here one night. Could be an interesting night...


The Kame of Isbister is the least accessible with several sites on it. It's even had an extreme archaeology programme aired about it.


10km or so and a few hours later I was back at the car after a productive day and great walk. You can check out Walk Shetland for a guide to the 'regular' walk or The SIC's Corepaths Plan for more formal routes.

And finally here's a video of my walk including some footage of seals at Fethaland...


Oh, and if you do go there you'll notice this odd sight on your way...



A plane that crash landed at Sumburgh some time ago that was salvaged to be used as a shed. What a shed!

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