SHETLAND ISLANDS, SCOTLAND


(Shetland Islands Flag)


(Shetland Islands Map)


All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008:

It was a beautiful morning as we sailed into the Shetland Islands at sunrise.
Shetland lies northeast off the coast of mainland Scotland between
the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the North Sea to the east.
The total area is 566 square miles.
making it the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth-largest of the British Isles.
Over 100 islands make up the Shetlands, only 16 are occupied.
Sailing into the Shetland Islands at sunrise Sailing into the Shetland Islands at sunrise Sailing into the Shetland Islands at sunrise


Lerwick is the only burgh and main port of the Shetland Islands in Scotland,
found more than 100 miles off the north coast of mainland Great Britain.
Lerwick has a population of approximately 6,830 residents and is by far the northernmost town in Scotland.
Sailing into the Shetland Islands at sunrise Sailing into the Shetland Islands at sunrise Sea Princess anchored in Lerwick, Scotland


Scalloway is the largest settlement on the North Atlantic coast of Mainland, Shetland with a population around 800.
Scalloway Castle was built from 1599 by Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney to tighten his grip on Shetland.
Scalloway, Scotland in West Shetland Scalloway, Scotland in West Shetland Scalloway Castle in Scalloway, Scotland


After leaving Scalloway we took a scenic drive north of the village.
Scalloway, Scotland in West Shetland West Shetland West Shetland


From this scenic vista we got a nice view of some of the islands northwest of Mainland Shetland.
Scenic vista overlooking Northwest Shetland Scenic vista overlooking Northwest Shetland Scenic vista overlooking Northwest Shetland


Lerwick lies on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland.
It was founded in the seventeenth century as a herring and white fish seaport, and still thrives as a fishing and ferry port.
Lerwick, Scotland Lerwick, Scotland Lerwick, Scotland


Fort Charlotte was built by Robert Mylne under the orders of Charles II at the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch Wars in 1665.
It held off a Dutch fleet in 1667 which thought it was far more heavily manned and gunned than it actually was.
Lerwick Harbor from Fort Charlotte Lerwick Harbor from Fort Charlotte Lerwick, Scotland


The name "Lerwick" means bay of mud.
Lerwick, Scotland Lerwick, Scotland Lerwick, Scotland


At 5:00 P.M. we set sail for our next port.
Sailing away from Lerwick, Scotland Sailing away from Lerwick, Scotland Sailing away from Lerwick, Scotland


We initially sailed south around Mainland Shetland before setting a northwest course toward the Faroe Islands.
Sailing away from the Shetland Islands Sailing away from the Shetland Islands


THE SHETLAND ISLANDS
30 minute video of my day in the Shetland Islands.
Click on the İYouTube player below to watch the video.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
Hello,

Today's port was Lerwick. You all know where that is, right? For those of you that don't, it is the largest city in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. There are over 100 islands in the Shetlands, but only 12 of them are inhabited. A total of only 22,000 people live in the Shetland Islands. The islands are famous for the Shetland pony and lots of sheep, about 400,000 of them.

Like Norway, this is usually a very wet place. But not today, it was a beautiful day. Quite cool here, not much more than 50 degrees. We arrived here this morning as the sun was rising. It was a beautiful sail in with the sun shining directly on the city as we approached.

My tour today took me to the west side of the island. We visited the village of Scalloway and the Scalloway Castle. We also had a scenic stop on a hilltop looking out toward some of the other islands. That is the attached picture. All the little white dots on the green hills are sheep. It is really a very beautiful place.



After the short tour I had several hours left to spend wandering around the historic little town. Did a little shopping to get rid of my British money since this is our last port that accepts it. This is the eleventh port of the cruise and not a drop of rain yet. Even in Ireland before the cruise we only had a few drops. Hoping that lucky coin keeps working for the final six ports of the trip.

More later,

Tim


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