Thursday, August 26, 2010

The last days in Shetland and Scotland

Our last day in Shetland was the coldest of the trip.  The wind was blowing so hard and the rain was absolutely horizontal at times.  We packed our bags, boarded the bus and drove south towards Sumburgh Head.  Along the way, we saw several brochs which are the ancient remains of old dwellings of the Pictish people who inhabited the island. 

We were treated to gorgeous sea scapes along the way...

And yet another broch ...

Sumburgh Head was gorgeous but freezing cold.  The wind was blowing so hard it was hard to walk. 

Unfortunately, all the puffins had left for the winter so we didn't see any nesting...

Another interesting thing about Sumburgh Head; to get there you have to drive across the airport runway.  They have special lights when a plane is coming in or taking off that keeps traffic off the tarmac but, when there is no air traffic, then the cars just drive right across.

We drove back up to Lerwick to catch the ferry.  Because of the wind, the seas were really rough so we all went to bed pretty early.  Trudy and I did fine and did not get sick but there were some who were a bit queasy.

The very last day in Scotland was spent in Edinburgh.  We walked through a beautiful park on the other side of the castle.

The garden was beautifully manicured with a tribute to Girl Guiding done all in small plants and flowers

The castle from the north side...

I couldn't help myself.  I had to take a picture of a red phone booth!

The flight home was long and tedious with some difficulties but we arrived safely, albeit pretty tired.

We had a wonderful trip and have many wonderful memories as well as many new friends from all over the world.  It wouldn't have been as fun if my dear sister and travelling companion extraordinaire, Trudy, wasn't with me the whole way!

Love ya, sis!

1 comment:

  1. I'm deeply jealous - I want Trudy for a sister as well! :)

    It sounds like a wonderful trip although I would have hated the weather.

    By the way, your Blogger profile is set to block emails from other users, so I couldn't reply to the comment you left on my blog.
    best wishes,