Friday, September 27, 2013

Farewell To Shetland

Tuesday morning Jean had to be at the airport bright and early. Airport goodbyes are always inadequate. There is the rush to get the person there on time, then the rush to get all their bags out of the vehicle, and then a quick goodbye that leaves you wishing you had time to say more.

Kath and my flight didn't go out for another four hours, and there are a number of things to see on the south end of Mainland, so we decided to take full advantage of the little time we had left. We headed up the road to Sumburgh Lighthouse, another one of the Stevenson lighthouses sprinkled across the islands. We got there just in time to witness a spectacular sunrise.




Then we made a quick stop at Old Scatness, the site of an Iron Age village.


Then it was back to the Spiggie Hotel to have a quick breakfast and get our bags. Here is the view from the dining room window at the Spiggie. This is a feature of Shetland - everywhere you look there is an incredible view.


We then hurried on to St. Ninian's Isle. It was here I learned a new word - tombolo (apparently this is a new word for my iPad too, since it just tried to auto-correct it). A tombolo is an island attached to the mainland by a spit or bar. St. Ninian's is thought to be the best tombolo in the British Isles.



We walked across the sand to the small island on the other side, taking in the beautiful views and wishing we had more time to explore.




St. Ninian's is actually a working farm, and as we were walking on the island the owners of the farm were using their working dogs to herd the sheep. I was so happy to have had a chance to witness this!


It became clear as we headed to the airport that we didn't need just a few more hours, or even days to explore all Shetland has to offer. What we really needed was a few more weeks.

26 comments:

  1. It's so gorgeous there. I love the idea of huge numbers of sheep too. Your trip has been so incredible, what a great experience. Thank you for taking us along with you via your blog. :)

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    1. It was absolutely stunning, Jennifer. I hope to go back some day. There are so many more things I would like to do there. I'm glad you enjoyed the journey via my blog!

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  2. Until your recent blog posts, I had no idea what was to be found on Shetland. It has been endlessly gorgeous, right up to the last few hours. I'd love to see an iron-age village, fascinating; and you caught a beautiful sunrise. Thank you for the great travelogue Kristie!

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    1. You are not alone, Patricia. I think Shetland is, in many ways, a relatively undiscovered travel jewel. If you ever get the chance to go there please don't pass it up. It is a wonderful place, filled with the most incredibly kind people.

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  3. Did you know that a hoard of silver artifacts was found buried in the ruins of a chapel on St Ninian's Isle. More information here. Click on the links at the bottom of the page for photos. www.shetland-heritage.co.uk/st-ninians-isle

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    1. Thanks for the link! I had read a brief paragraph about the silver being found, but now that I am home I look forward to reading more about it. :-)

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  4. I have so enjoyed reading your blogs... I also decided to watch "Call the Midwives" because of your comment about it. It is a terrific show, one of the best I have seen lately! Thanks again for sharing your adventure.

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    1. I'm glad you have enjoyed reading the posts about our trip! I agree about Call the Midwives - it's one of my all time favourite shows. :-)

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  5. You have obviously had the most fantastic trip, Kristie and have made the best use of every minute, Thanks for taking us with you. :-)

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    1. It was a very memorable trip, Perpetua. We saw so many beautiful places and met so many wonderful, kind people along the way. I'm glad you enjoyed following along on my blog. :-)

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  6. Thanks for sharing, and what a wonderful last few hours. I thought "What could you do in 4 Hours," and you packed it in! Or did you really miss your flight? LOL

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    1. We were so fortunate to have good weather that morning. It allowed us to experience the amazing sunrise and the walk at St. Ninian's. And no, we didn't miss our flight. :-)

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  7. Thanks for sharing, and what a wonderful last few hours. I thought "What could you do in 4 Hours," and you packed it in! Or did you really miss your flight? LOL

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  8. I've so enjoyed taking this trip with you Kristie and that last four hours - well you really made the most of it, good for you.
    Patricia x

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    1. The funny thing about that last four hours is it sort of just happened. We had dropped jean off early and suddenly realized we had four hours left, and lots to see nearby. I am so glad we managed to squeeze all that last minute sightseeing in! Thanks for "joining" us on our trip. :-)

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  9. What an amazing trip you have had, I so want to go to Shetland one day, and I will remember that I need to spend WEEKS there to see it all! Its beautiful! Safe travels!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to go there some day, Sarah. It is a knitter's paradise, but so much more than that as well. :-)

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  10. It's quite clear to me that you will have to come back next year ... let me have the dates and I'll forbid all family weddings and disasters for the duration ;)

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    1. I would love to go back next year. I only wish there was a way to make it happen. If I find one I will let you know. Forbidding family weddings and disasters sounds like a great plan. :-)

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  11. I cringed a little at the thought of a pre-dawn airport run, but I see it turned out to be more than worth it! So many great things to see makes being out and about early almost a requirement.

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    1. I am a morning person, so getting up early wasn't a problem. Had it been an evening run to the airport that would have been a whole different story!

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    2. Between the two of us, we could offer full coverage...once the sun goes down I can drive until dawn. The I turn into a pumpkin. I should have gotten a job that had a night shift. :)

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  12. Enjoyed following your adventure and the photos were wonderful!

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    1. Glad you liked following along. Next time you should consider coming in person!

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  13. I've truly enjoyed your "travelogue" on Shetland and Wales, Kristie, along with Jean's blog postings of the Shetland trip. I think that all we blog readers were living vicariously through you on this trip.

    On a separate note, I just noticed Lucy's updated photo in the sidebar. That little sweetie has really grown and has gotten cuter and more precious by the day!

    Mary G. in Texas

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    1. I'm glad you have enjoyed reading the travel blogs, Mary. They were a lot of fun to do, and Kath enjoyed being a guest blogger too.

      I updated Lucy's picture a couple days ago. She is changing so fast I think I will have to be updating it on a regular basis! She is coming for a visit (along with Karsten and Diana of course!) this weekend. So I'm sure there will be a Lucy blog post next week. :-)

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