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Shetland Mainland

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  The next episode...We were here in December 2020, when the wind, moisture and lighting were golden. The Summer offers a green and clear color palate. Both seasons offer their beauty. It's savage and free range. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)

Aberdeen To Lerwick-Shetland By Ferry

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  "Looks like lamb is back on the menu" gonna find me sone sheep.  I woke up early to get a head start on the strenuous idleness that the Shetland winds, weather and wounds will enevitably bring. What a savage and beautiful country lies in between.I don't think less of city life, but I do and will think of it less here. "Looks like lamb is back on the menu" gonna find me some sheep soon... I woke up early to get a head start on the strenuous idleness that the Shetland winds, weather and wounds will enevitably bring. What a savage and beautiful country lies in between.I don't think less of city life, but I do and will think of it less here. Here’s the thing about Shetland: there are no wrong decisions, only decisions to be made. No matter where you go, you’ll be awestruck, inspired, and have your breath taken away—after spending last December there, I’m willing to guarantee it.

A Second Chance At A First Impression

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Where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, lies the Shetland Archipelago...  We will soon be off on our Adventure-back to Fair Isle. Here is a look back at our first trip : Fair Isle, Shetlands  UK Britain's most remote inhabited island. We flew in this morning (December 2020). It feels like we are walking into a painting. Think Norway meets Hawaiian islands and Father Time and Mother Nature have a field day.   No man is an island, as John Donne wrote, but, north of the border, you can live on one. Scotland's. The Shetland's is good like that, with 15 inhabited ones to choose from. We are here in Fair Isle. Britian's most remote one. It feels like we are moving through paintings as the ever changing weather lights the landscape in unique and splendid ways. Thanks to the popularity of the TV Series Shetland, we have had  it on our radar as places to visit this year.   Of all the 115 islands  in the archipelago,  just a few- 15-

On The Edge Of Britain: Plan S-Shetlands

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From A to Z- During the Pandemic you can't just have a Plan B. how about the rest of the alphabet- We took Plan S  Shetland (Not Shetlands- The Vikings clearly thought of Shetland as a ‘land’) and Britain's, most remote inhabited island-Fair Isle. It is very important that  expedition history not be distilled to just those great man and woman like Magellan,  Edmund Hillary, Lewis  and Clark et al., but to the regular folk -like Sarah and Ed (Us) who  go out to do their own exploring and circumnavigation of the Earth and then blog about it-literature in a hurry.  I love writing but hate the paperwork---so I take a lot of photos and videos-Show rather than tell.   This doesn't seem like a big deal- Travel is an activity not an accomplishment--until Global travel stopped due to the pandemic. Now not only is it an accomplishment, it is risky.  But that hasn't stopped us before. Therefore, it makes our travels and adventures even more significant because it i

Fair Isle To Shetlands-Scottish Island Hopping

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  Waved goodbye to Fair Isle this morning and took our return flight to Tingwall. Flights leaves from Tingwall airport, a ten minute drive from Lerwick. There are flights to the isle each week day, weather permitting,While 27 miles offshore to the north of Shetland mainland, the island of Fair Isle, the UK’s furthest outpost island, is a tiny and breath-takingly beautiful jewel, rich in birdlife and with a dedicated community whose love for their home residents are only too eager to share with the few intrepid visitors who make the journey each year. This time it was Sarah and I, and now we were hopping back over to the  Shetland Mainland  Fair Isle is home to a staggering selection of flowering plants, with some 250 species, many of distinct rarity. And the island has been subject to intense archaeological study over the years, with evidence of human habitation stretching back 5000 years, many of the sites accessible to visitors, easily reached on foot amidst some of the most dramatic

Checking The Flock

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  My Sheeple-An adventure story involving an airplane, some sheep, and extreme weather---Have you ever had one of those days where you say to yourself (and anyone else who will listen) – I love my life A Jewel In The Ocean Set in the middle of the North Atlantic, 38km (23mi) from  Shetland  and 43km (27mi) from  Orkney , Fair Isle is as far away from civilization as it’s possible to get in the British Isles. Measuring barely five kilometers across and two kilometers wide, the island is home to a tiny permanent population of just 45 people. In fact, it’s the most remote inhabited place in the UK. Sarah at The South Lighthouse Malcom's Head One of the flock The number of sheep in all the Shetland Islands, is calculated to be between 70,000 and 80,000, though this is considerably above the real number at present (Present day values are approximately 150,000 breeding ewes). The Shetland Sheep breed or variety resembles the argali, or wild sheep of Siberia, more than any other domestic

South Lighthouse

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 Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal, and glass. There’s a human story at every lighthouse; that’s the story Dave wants to tell. South Light on Fair Isle is a pharologist's*  delight - a superb  example of a 'Stevenson Lighthouse', one of many around the shores of mainland Scotland and the isles, built in1891 by this famous and prolific family of Scottish engineers. (*pharology - the study of lighthouses!) Designed and built in 1891 by David A. and Charles Stevenson (cousin of author Robert Louis Stevenson) it entered service in 1892. The lighthouse tower at 85 feet is the tallest one in Shetland and there are 106 steps to the top. In 1998 it became the last lighthouse in Scotland to be automated. Its foghorn - also Scotland's last - was dismantled in 2005.Its light is still operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board and the beam, consisting of 4 flashes every 30 seconds, can be seen from at least as far as Orkney - some 25 miles away across open sea.