Friday, 29 August 2014

Some lovely weather...

We've had some lovely weather this last week, though it has changed now just in time for Unst Show. We even had a good showing of the merrie dancers the other night, but I was sleeping while they did their stuff.

Any way I've been out and about a few places West making the most of the weather and my little legs feel it now.

I spent a day on Papa Stour with not a cloud in the sky and came back rather red. I even saw an otter and porpoise briefly while crossing over on the ferry.

What a day! Here's Aesha Head with the Hol O Burriegeo through it and Sula Stack...


I ended up in bonxie territory on my way across Papa Stour and they were still fairly aggressive, may be my last bonxie attack of the year...


I've also been along the coast from Huxter to Deepdale with a quick nip up The Hill of Sandness while I was there.

Here's Foula from near Huxter Mills...


The Bay of Deepdale...


From Ramna Vord...


Papa Stour from The Hill of Melby...


Ronas Hill from The Hill of Sandness (249m)


I'm taking a long weekend off to catch up on somethings while the weather is poor, though if it clears tomorrow night I might squeeze in a quick overnight camp some where, certainly if the sky is set to clear.



Sunday, 24 August 2014

Some good company for Da Lang Ayre

I'm sorry it's been a little while since I posted, but the weather has been pretty poor in general, I've had a bit of camera fatigue after Greenland and also done my ankle in again!

Any how, it's on the mend and with good weather this weekend I took a group of friends over Ronas Hill and down to Da Lang Ayre...


The route and a video of a past trip are on the link above, but generally after parking at Collar Firth Masts I head over Ronas Hill and begin the decent to The Burn of Monius. Here's the view over Ronas Voe as you start the decent...


There were a lot of hares about today, all in full summer coats, but with this noisy bunch of folk walking over the hills we didn't get close...


Both couples of friends are reasonably new to Shetland and had never been to Da Lang Ayre and it was a great day to go. We had a good laugh along the way.


The Burn of Monius...


On the way back up we saw this lonesome frog and the bank to the side of the Burn of Monius!


The final scramble to the beach with the support of a kindly placed rope...


The tide was out so we had a walk right along the beach with dinner at the far end. We actually me another person down there, though he did seem a bit lost!


 A great day out in great company too and hopefully more to come...