Geo-Trips :: Shetland (6) - A tour of Yell

Yell, Shetland

A drive from Belmont, Unst, Wed, 8 Jun 2016 by David Purchase

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I spent the day on the island of Yell while making my way back from Unst to Shetland Mainland. The day included three fairly short walks: near Gloup, to the White Wife, and in Burravoe. However it is more accurate to class this as a road trip.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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HP5600 : Wick of Belmont by David Purchase
Wick of Belmont
Photos such as this, taken from the ferry pier, give no indication of the activity... more

HP5600 : The ferry from Gutcher (on the island of Yell) approaches by David Purchase
The ferry from Gutcher (on the island of Yell) approaches
The pier looks somewhat fragile, but the landing point for the vehicle ferry (off... more

HP5004 : Gloup Voe by David Purchase
Gloup Voe
Looking across the Voe to the far north-west of the island of Yell.

HP5103 : On Sandwater Hill by David Purchase
On Sandwater Hill
In northern Yell, with Unst in the far distance.

HP4806 : Gloup Holm by David Purchase
Gloup Holm
Seen from Scordaback Hill.

HP6019 : Muckle Flugga from afar! by David Purchase
Muckle Flugga from afar!
Quite unexpectedly, I got my last view of Muckle Flugga, 18 kilometres away, from... more

HP5003 : Wester Lee of Gloup by David Purchase
Wester Lee of Gloup

HP5004 : The Fishermen's Memorial at Gloup by David Purchase
The Fishermen's Memorial at Gloup
This imposing memorial was erected 100 years after the disaster.

HP5104 : Engni Field by David Purchase
Engni Field
Looking towards the north of Unst in the distance.

HP5204 : The path to the Sands of Breckon by David Purchase
The path to the Sands of Breckon

HP5304 : Kirk Loch by David Purchase
Kirk Loch

HP5304 : The remains of St Olaf's church by David Purchase
The remains of St Olaf's church
In the cemetery by Kirk Loch.

HP5303 : The B9083 heading for Greenbank by David Purchase
The B9083 heading for Greenbank

HP5403 : Looking down to Papil Bay by David Purchase
Looking down to Papil Bay
Beyond the bay is Bluemull Sound and the island of Unst.

HP5402 : Culli Voe by David Purchase
Culli Voe
Looking across to a few of the houses in this scattered village.

HP5401 : Country at Grimsetter by David Purchase
Country at Grimsetter
Looking across Bluemull Sound to Unst on the far side.

HP5400 : Wick of North Garth and Virdi Point by David Purchase
Wick of North Garth and Virdi Point

HU5498 : Minor road to Burra Ness by David Purchase
Minor road to Burra Ness
Seen from the A968, a short distance from the ferry to Unst at Gutcher.

HU4991 : Damp ground at Setter, Mid Yell by David Purchase
Damp ground at Setter, Mid Yell
The island of Yell is almost split in two here, with a short stretch of land... more

HU5285 : Otters Wick by David Purchase
Otters Wick
The bay at Otterswick is well sheltered, except from an easterly wind. Across the... more

HU5385 : The coast near Ness of Queyon by David Purchase
The coast near Ness of Queyon
From a position about 125 metres east of the White Wife.

HU5186 : Countryside north of Otterswick by David Purchase
Countryside north of Otterswick
My maps, all dated 2002 or 2003, still mark a pub near this spot, although it... more

HU5286 : The East Yell Hall by David Purchase
The East Yell Hall
This seems a surprisingly large hall for what is a quite small community.

HU5386 : In Aywick village by David Purchase
In Aywick village
Looking towards the southern tip of Fetlar.

HU5387 : The Aztec, North Aywick by David Purchase
The Aztec, North Aywick
The reason for this name I cannot explain.

HU5180 : The Loch of Kettlester, near Burravoe on Yell by David Purchase
The Loch of Kettlester, near Burravoe on Yell
Ronas Hill on Mainland, the highest point in the Shetland Islands, can be seen in... more

HU5279 : The garden at Old Haa, Burravoe by David Purchase
The garden at Old Haa, Burravoe
Old Haa is an excellent museum, with a tea-room attached.g

HU5179 : Country west of Burravoe by David Purchase
Country west of Burravoe
The Loch of Littlester just visible.

HU5279 : A small, private pier at Burravoe by David Purchase
A small, private pier at Burravoe
Looking across the Voe to Heoga Ness.

HU5379 : The coast at Gardins by David Purchase
The coast at Gardins
The shoreline east of Burravoe and Heoga Ness. On the horizon, just right of... more

HU5279 : St Coleman's church, Burravoe by David Purchase
St Coleman's church, Burravoe
The church is Scottish Episcopal. Burravoe Primary School is behind.

HU5079 : The Loch of Littlester by David Purchase
The Loch of Littlester

HU4980 : St Magnus church, Hamnavoe by David Purchase
St Magnus church, Hamnavoe

HU4880 : The head of Hamna Voe by David Purchase
The head of Hamna Voe
The minor summit (77m) of Hill of Ulsta beyond.

HU4881 : Aris Dale by David Purchase
Aris Dale
There is a track part-way up this valley, to the right of the power line. After... more

HU4780 : The B9081 heading for Burravoe by David Purchase
The B9081 heading for Burravoe
Using this B road is not the faster, but is certainly the more interesting, of the... more

HU4680 : The B9081 descending to the ferry terminal at Ulsta by David Purchase
The B9081 descending to the ferry terminal at Ulsta
From where you can return to Toft, on Shetland Mainland.

HU4779 : A minor road to Ulsta by David Purchase
A minor road to Ulsta
Less than 2 kilometres from the ferry to Mainland.

HU4879 : In Copister by David Purchase
In Copister
A small settlement with a few, scattered houses. Looking towards the Ness of... more

HU4778 : A minor road to the Wick of Copister by David Purchase
A minor road to the Wick of Copister
Ahead, just left of centre, the Brough of Copister with its broch can be seen.

HU4679 : The ferry "Dagalien" at Ulsta on Yell by David Purchase
The ferry "Dagalien" at Ulsta on Yell
Ferries with the bow doors open always appear rather ominous. But this one, as... more

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