Monday, 4 July 2016

Hike and bike in North Mavine


Plans were made for me and a non-cycling friend from work to do a fairly ambitious off road adventure this weekend. 


Setting off from North Roe we were to head out along the track to Uyea Isle, pop over there an then continue around the trackless coast to Da Lang Ayre. The option was then to either go over Ronas Hill back to the main road or go back there via Roer Water. Either way a tough route and one that was to involve a reasonable amount of pushing due to bog, rocks or both!

We left the bikes on the mainland side at Uyea. There was no way we going to get them down and across to the isle...


The easy bit down...


Always an amazing place...

 

We had lunch on Uyea and then the hard work was to begin.


My friend hasn't cycled for 12 years and despite being fit as a runner and footballer it was slow hard going proper off road. Certainly in at the deep end and not most people's view of mountain biking. But it was a fine day!

Burn of Brettoo...


Heading to Da Lang Clodie Wick...


Looking back to Uyea in th every far distance...


Looking back over Da Lang Clodie Wick...


And on towards Da Lang Ayre with Da Faither headland in the distance...


By joint consensus we didn't have the time or energy to go down to Da Lang Ayre from the other end so we explorer Turls Head at the northern end of the beach. A great spot...



And then it was back north to Da Lang Clodie Wick and across peat hags and bog to Roer Water.

Looking north fromTurls Head...


Once we'd crossed the peat bogs to Roer Water we hit track again which took us back to the main road and tarmac much to my friends delight. It had been a long long day out on the coast what with cycling, hiking, bike pushing and a hot Shetland day. Flagging on the way back to North Roe there was some revival with the sighting of an otter and fish and chips at Frankies on the way home!

I'll return some time to tackle Ronas Hill on the bike. Maybe even with my friend if I've not killed him off!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Impromptu trip to Noss...

It was Noss open day today. I hadn't planned to go. In fact, I'd been trying to rouse someone to go sea swimming with me somewhere when a friend mentioned they were going to Noss.


So off to the Bressay ferry it was where I spotted this accommodating tern while waiting for it...


 Despite the forecast the rain came in for a short while and the midgies too! Luckily it soon cleared up.

The obligatory puffin photos...


They are very cute!


But I have a soft spot for Fulmars. You can really see their albatross nature too when at sea.



Of course Noss is famous for it's gannet colonies. This time of the year complete with chicks too...




But what a mess of old fishing waste they use in their nests...


Sadly often resulting in chicks dying tangled up in it. Hopefully not this one though...


Obviously there are lots more birds there, with big guillemot colonies too...


 Not to mention, arctic and great skuas we saw, wrens, sky larks, shags, ravens. This list is not quite endless, but it's pretty long!

Tomorrow I cycle. With a friend out to Uyea, Da Lang Ayre and possibly back over Ronas Hill. We'll see how it goes...




Sunday, 26 June 2016

Family wild camp on Bressay


After the Shetland Wheeler's Sportive on Saturday the plan was to pack and have a little family wild camp on Bressay followed by a trip over to Noss. 

We needed to check packing our rucksacks and camping gear for our forthcoming Norway camping holiday so despite the mist we head off on the ferry...


Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Bear Grylls Bear ready to go...


We headed south along the coast a short way from the Noss car park... 



I can't say Beren was the most enthusiastic walker!


Clare hadn't walked this coast before. Pretty spectacular isn't it?


The location was great, but the burn I'd hoped to get water from was bone dry. Despite having a water filter with me I didn't fancy it from the bonxie and black back gull infested loch, but we had just enough water to do us anyway.


 Nearby was a great perch to enjoy the views, watch seals, birds and porpoise and escape the few annoying midgies.


Though Beren had his own midgie defences!


Looking up to the Loch of Grimsetter and Gorie...


Clare cosy in her sleeping bag...


Someone had to get up and make breakfast, so I did. It was a real chore...


And I enjoyed a quiet cuppa on our cliff top perch while Beren and Clare sorted themselves out...


A few pretty flowers...



 We packed up and were planning to get the ferry across to Noss to look around the cliffs, but Bear Grylls Bear was a  lazy moaning bear this morning. Rather than spend a day being frustrated at him we decided to head home. Mission accomplished, we could pack and carry our gear and get us and it in our new lightweight tent.

Norway here we come!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Father's day trip to Mousa

Father's Day started off with a personal best on the Laxfirth Loop Time Trial with The Shetland Wheelers for me and was followed by a lovely roast dinner courtesy of Clare before we headed off to Leebitten for a sunny afternoon on Mousa.


The Mousa boat coming to take us away to the isle...


The isle is an RSPB nature reserve and covered in birds and seals, but it is possibly best known for the broch...


And Beren was in a hurry to explore it. He was last there when he was about 3 and couldn't remember it.


Pretty imposing...



We walked anti-clockwise around the isle to avoid the crowds going clockwise on the guided tour. Bonxies and terns were every where with red throated divers on a loch and 2 day old common seals in The West Pool.

Looking across the East and West Pools to the lighthouse...


East Pool, would be a nice place to swim if it wasn't to disturbing for the wildlife...


Another view of the lighthouse on the distinctive Peerie Bard...


I guess I had to post on shot of some wildlife from the trip. Here's a bonny looking shag that we watched while we had a bit of a picnic...


 Ooft! Busy busy busy lately, but the weather is to change tonight, so I might get a rest!