The West of Shetland

On our third day in Shetland we decided to head west and look what’s out there. The south and the northwest were already fantastic so of course we wanted to see more of this wonderful island. Our first photo stop on this sunny day was Whiteness or rather the view on Whiteness which is on the far side.

looking at Whiteness @Shetland

Sandsound was next which is a pretty shingled beach. I loved the weathered house which adds to the beauty of the scene. To get a better impression on how lovely Sandsound looks, click here.

shingled beach of Sandsound @Shetland

Best of all were the sheep here who followed us as far as possible on the other side of the fence. The farmer then told us that it was not our Austrian charm which had bewitched them but rather the chance of “grub“.

making friends everywhere @Shetland

The walk on the beach of Sandsound was nice but compared to Muckle Roe it was like a walk in the park.  We were ready for a hike to the Burn of Lunklet which is a small waterfall. I don’t know where we got the idea from that this would be a hike because in the end it was a super short stroll.

Burn of Lunklet @Shetland

above the waterfall Burn of Lunklet @Shetland

We still needed to move a bit. So far on the west side we had been sitting more in the car than walking around. Next up was the Temple of Stanydale. This Neolithic site hadn’t a lot to show though. Especially for people like me with absolutely no imagination. I could make out the form (as can probably everybody else) but how it might have looked is beyond me.

It was another short walk but through a marshy area. So the soil was super wet and we had to fight a stiff wind. I can happily report though that my investment in European waterproof boots paid off (click here to read what happened to the boots I bought in China).

park your car next to the road at Stanydale Temple @Shetland

Stanydale Temple @Shetland

Our last stop for the day was the Scalloway museum and the castle. There is not a lot to see in the castle but the museum has a very good display on the Shetland Bus, an operation during WWII which helped the Norwegian resistance by bringing in arms or helping others to escape to Britain.

Scalloway Museum @Shetland

Scalloway Castle @Shetland

The ladies of the museum were super helpful and answered patiently all our questions. As you can see there is not much left of the castle except this tower but I found the exhibition on the Shetland Bus very informative. Especially since I have never heard about it before. Yours, Pollybert

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