"" Writer's Wanderings: The Shetland Islands Stop - Puffins?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Shetland Islands Stop - Puffins?

Okay, the more I look at the ports and places to visit on this trip around Scotland coming up next year, the more excited I get. Just take a look at the teaser the cruise site offered for the Shetland Islands:

Enjoy a taste of the Highlands here in the rugged landscape and heathered moors, the ruined castles, steep cliffs and sea air. Drive through beautiful valleys and flower-filled meadows with romping Shetland ponies to quaint villages like Scalloway with its ruinded castle or explore the fascinating Jarlshof prehistoric site, occupied for more than 4,000 years.

It sounds beautiful. The Shetland Islands are in the far north of the British Isles. It is made up of 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited. While there are several ports of call in the islands, ours will be at Lerwick, the capital.

Lots of opportunities to see many different attractions one of which is the cliffs of Eshaness. The pictures I looked at remind me of the Cliff of Moher in Ireland. They were formed from volcanic action and make a rugged coastline that looks spectacular.

An 1870s thatched roof house/museum looks interesting as well. While the Croft house looks like a farm, the inhabitants were actually fishermen and whalers. It was inhabited up until the 1960s.

Oh, oh! There might be puffins. So far every place we have visited has always been at the wrong time for finding what to us, has been the elusive bird. There is a nature preserve nearby. Checking the Hermaness Nature Reserve blog shows that it's possible the puffins will be taking care of their young around the time of our visit. Fingers crossed. There is also a place called Sumburgh Head Lighthouse that is said to be another place to see the puffins. Okay, that does it. Museums and castles and old houses aside. I want to see puffins.

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